Florrie: Late (EP Review)

by Bradley Stern

Better late than never, right? Way better, actually. After nine months of recording in between studios in the UK and the US, singer/songwriter/drummer/guitarist/model/pop extraordinaire Florrie has at long last revealed her latest collection of independent tunes, her final self-released set before treading into major label waters later this year. As with 2010’s Introduction EP and… Read the full article


Azealia Banks Goes Back to the Future on ‘1991’ (EP Review)

by Bradley Stern

It’s safe to say that 20-year-old Harlem rising rapper Azealia Banks is no longer “One to Watch.” By now, everyone’s already watching. Back in late 2011, the LaGuardia High School alum (the superstar factory that’s brought us Nicki Minaj and Wynter Gordon, among others) released her unbelievably ferocious burst of energy, “212.” Rapping over a… Read the full article


Marina And The Diamonds: Electra Heart (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

♡♡♡ “‘Oh my God, you look just like Shakira! No, no–you’re Catherine Zeta!’ ‘Actually, my name’s Marina,’” she sang on “Hollywood,” the second single off of 2010’s The Family Jewels. It’s been over two years since her debut, and Marina + The Diamonds is back with yet another identity crisis for her second go-around in… Read the full article


Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

After serving up endlessly ferocious features on tracks like “Bottoms Up” by Trey Songz, Usher‘s “Lil Freak,” Jay Sean‘s “2012 (It Ain’t The End)” and her grand triumph, a spotlight stealing verse on Kanye West‘s star-studded “Monster,” Nicki Minaj‘s 2010 debut Pink Friday should have been a roaring proclamation that the new face of female… Read the full article


Morgan Page: In The Air (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Music, as a wise woman once declared, makes the people come together. As with his 2010 studio album Believe, Progressive House DJ/producer Morgan Page‘s third effort In The Air relies on vocal contributions by talented singers hailing from a multitude of genres. As he explained of his new album: “This record exists between the club… Read the full article


Madonna – ‘MDNA’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

MDNA is one of Madonna’s greatest albums in years: It’s sonic euphoria, chock full of dramatics, attitude and surging dance-pop productions that only grow better with each replay. It’s infectious and propulsive. One might even call as addictive as MDMA. (And that’s okay!)


Lana Del Rey: Born To Die (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Everyone’s got something to say about Lana Del Rey. In Late June, the cut-and-paste clip for the singer’s “Video Games”–then just a buzz track–dropped with a thud onto YouTube. Spliced between old movie sequences, paparazzi clips and fuzzy home videos, we watched as a husky-voiced, otherworldly chanteuse pouted and cooed a dreary, vintage-sounding ode to… Read the full article


Cher Lloyd: Sticks + Stones (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

In September of 2010, the world (well, the UK) watched as a jittery Worcestershire-born girl named Cher Lloyd strolled across the stage–suited in a a fitted black jacket and shredded white jeans–to audition for the X Factor. After a brief grilling by the judges regarding her name and age (“You look more!” Louis Walsh exclaimed… Read the full article


Kelly Clarkson Delivers Her Strongest Set Yet With ‘Stronger’ (Album Review)

by Bradley Stern

Kelly Clarkson‘s come a long way in just under a decade. After becoming the first (and let’s be real, still easily the best) winner of American Idol in 2002, the singer first made her official mark with 2003’s Thankful, a debut collection complete with safe-yet-amazing post-Idol balladry (“Anytime”), soulful R&B-pop offerings (“Just Missed The Train”)… Read the full article


Life Through Cinderella’s Eyes: Dancing to the Drum of Nicola Roberts

by Bradley Stern

Nicola Roberts is a different kind of pop star. There’s just no getting around it, really: Ever since her name was called as one-fifth of the band that went on to become Girls Aloud during the finale of the 2002 reality series Pop Stars: The Rivals, the Lincolnshire-born redhead with porcelain skin stuck out like… Read the full article