Electropop

Remembering Aaron Carter: America’s Beloved and Embattled Former Child Star

Photo Credit: Michael Bezjian The indelible public image of Aaron Carter, who died on Saturday, November 5th at age 34, will be that of the smiling child with bleach-blonde hair standing either next to his brother Nick (of Backstreet Boys fame) or next to Hilary Duff or Lindsay Lohan (his relationships with them as a… Read more

The 1975 – ‘Being Funny In A Foreign Language’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Samuel Bradley In 2020, The 1975 attempted to take their music to new heights with an expansive, experimental double LP. Whereas many of their peers – from Taylor Swift to Fiona Apple – gained acclaim for branching off in new directions that year, The 1975’s Notes On A Conditional Form proved divisive; one… Read more

Rina Sawayama – ‘Hold the Girl’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Thurstan Redding The title of Rina Sawayama’s second album, Hold The Girl, is taken from a phrase she learned in therapy about nurturing one’s so-called inner child. Fittingly, it’s this theme that takes center stage on the LP – from the short and sweet introduction “Minor Feelings” and the glitchy title track to… Read more

Panic! at the Disco – ‘Viva Las Vengeance’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Alex Stoddard Formed in 2004 as a quartet, Panic! At The Disco became the solo act of Brendon Urie in 2015. The move caused immediate skepticism, but as a soloist, Urie has scaled heights that have surprised even his biggest critics. 2016’s Death of a Bachelor, while receiving the usual mixed critical reception… Read more

Billie Eilish – ‘Guitar Songs’ EP Review

Photo Credit: Mason Poole As of mid-2022, Billie Eilish is still too young to legally buy beer, yet she’s achieved more than many can ever hope to do. Her 2019 debut album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? certainly went someplace: namely, to number one all over the world and to eventual sales… Read more

Lauv – ‘All 4 Nothing’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kate Biel / Press Ari “Lauv” Leff has a pleasant voice – it’s not the most instantly recognizable, nor the most dynamic, but at its best, it effectively communicates the malaise of Lauv’s Gen-Z audience. I say this because, on his third studio album, Lauv seems adamant about submerging his voice in layers… Read more

Hayley Kiyoko – ‘Panorama’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Empire/Atlantic Records With her 2018 debut Expectations, former Disney star Hayley Kiyoko was crowned Lesbian Jesus. Now, with Panorama, she offers up her second coming – in the form of 13 sleek, ready-for-radio pop numbers. Kiyoko’s LGBTQ+ identity has always been central to her music and to her core appeal. The embrace of her… Read more

Imagine Dragons – ‘Mercury – Act 2’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Imagine Dragons via Instagram Las Vegas quartet Imagine Dragons have never been ‘album artists’ so to speak. Across the last decade, the band has worked with the biggest producers of the day to create mega-hit singles that become so inescapable that you ultimately have no choice but to surrender and let them lodge… Read more

Alison Wonderland – ‘Loner’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Wasserman Music Alexandra Scholler was born in 1986 and raised in Australia. She grew up in Sydney and trained as a classical cellist. During a night out, Alexandra heard the song “Silent Shout” by electronic music duo The Knife and it quickened her an interest in the possibilities that electronic music can afford… Read more

Cannons – ‘Fever Dream’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Ryan Rundle On stage, Cannons lead singer Michelle Joy is an enigmatic presence – sporting glam-rock looks and exuding a sense of effortless cool. On her band’s third album – and first since their breakthrough LP Shadows (which boasted the band’s first AAA chart-topper) – Joy seeks to transplant this effortless cool into her band’s… Read more