FKA Twigs, ‘LP1′ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

To me, the most important and innovative thing happening in music right now is something that can be lumped into a (very broad) genre called “future R&B”: Moody, minimal music for the midnight hour comprising dozens of acts, including The Weeknd, Jhene Aiko, James Blake, BANKS and Tinashe. FKA Twigs, a British-bred singer and dancer… Read the full article


G.R.L.’s Self-Titled Debut EP Is Pretty G.R.E.A.T., Actually (Review)

by Bradley Stern

When you think about it, it should be all systems G.O. with G.R.L. The Robin Antin-curated, Dr. Luke-helmed fivesome — made up of an X Factor USA finalist (Simone Battle), an ex-Paradiso Girl (Lauren Bennett) a slay-sational actress (Natasha Slayton), a former Canadian pop starlet (Emmalyn Estrada) and a dancer who STARRED IN BURLESQUE (Paula van… Read the full article


Sia Faces Her Fear — All ‘1000 Forms’ Of It, To Be Exact (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Sia wants to be heard — not seen. That’s been happening for a while now, whether you were aware or not: As Pop’s Most In-Demand Songwriter©, Sia’s held a historic run behind-the-scenes over the past four years, responsible for penning everything from Christina Aguilera‘s “You Lost Me” to David Guetta‘s club-dominating “Titanium,” to Ne-Yo‘s “Let… Read the full article


Jennifer Lopez, ‘A.K.A.': Papis And Booties And Drag Queens, Oh My! (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

If current sales forecasts are to be believed, Jennifer Lopez — AKA J.Lo, AKA Jenny From The Block, AKA Lola — is about to have one of the most depressingly low debuts for a pop diva in 2014. It’s a damn shame, too. J.Lo is underrated — one of the most underrated pop divas, in fact. While… Read the full article


Mariah Carey: ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

[dropcap size=small]”I[/dropcap]’ll just sit right here and sing that good old school shit to ya,” Mariah Carey croons off the top of “Dedicated,” one of the key cuts on Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. Fourteen records deep into her prolific career, Mariah has never sounded so self-assured — or nostalgic. After all, plenty has… Read the full article


‘Do It Again': Robyn and Royksopp Hit The Scandinavian Future-Pop Sweet Spot (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Robyn and Röyksopp are a match made in heaven — err, space. Together, the two Scandinavian super-acts have toured the world and crafted tunes (Body Talk‘s “None Of Dem,” Junior‘s “The Girl And The Robot”), continuously pushing the boundaries of electronica and pop. And lo and behold, they’ve just gone and done it again. For… Read the full article


Lykke Li, ‘I Never Learn': A Heavy-Hearted Opus (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Lykke Li is in a dark place. At least, she’s not quite the same bright-eyed Swedish songbird we met six years ago on Youth Novels, a record full of innocently quirky pop ditties like “Little Bit” and “I’m Good, I’m Gone.” By 2011’s Wounded Rhymes, she’d begun to hone her artistry and tap into something… Read the full article


Betty Who Makes All The Right Moves With ‘Slow Dancing EP’

by Bradley Stern

[dropcap size=big]I[/dropcap]t’s incredible what can happen in just under a year’s time. Actually, it’s hard to believe it’s only just been a year since Betty Who innocently tip-toed her way into our ears with her glittering debut, The Movement. Last May, we watched Betty make her debut NYC performance inside a tiny room at Pianos… Read the full article


‘Born Naked': RuPaul Lets Them Have It (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

From her very first studio album — 1993’s Supermodel Of The World — RuPaul‘s consistently kept herself tucked in between counterculture and mainstream superstardom. After all, 22 years after its original release, “Supermodel (You Better Work)” is still just as prevalent in pop culture today. Or did you happen to miss our beloved Britney‘s loose… Read the full article


Kylie Minogue, ‘Kiss Me Once': Pop’s Great Big Sigh Of Relief (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

At this point in her career, Kylie Minogue doesn’t really need to try. With a dozen studio albums tucked inside her gold lamé hot pants, world tours, countless international smash hits (“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” was recently named the Most Catchy Tune Of All Time), the beloved Aussie pop princess is one… Read the full article