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Enio Chiola
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Enio is an MA graduate in Music Sociology who has written his thesis on the cultural regulation of Jamaican dancehall music by the Stop Murder Music campaign.  He was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and has an honours BA degree from the University of Toronto in Equity Studies and Sociology.  Enio enjoys understanding the cultural implications of music and how music reinforces cultural identity.


Features

Sunday, December 22 2013

The Most Disappointing Albums of 2013

This year's list of the most disappointing albums of 2013 reads like the "best of" list from four or five years ago. It shouldn't be surprising how these tides turn, but it always is.


Tuesday, January 22 2013

The 2012 Horror Film Awards

The best scares aren't the cheap ones, where the cat jumps out of a closet, but rather, those moments that make your heart race.


Tuesday, December 13 2011

The Most Disappointing Albums of 2011

The selections on this list aren't necessarily bad albums -- some actually happen to be among the most critically acclaimed of this year. In some cases, it's just that the albums weren't what fans were expecting, and in others, they were exactly what they were expecting.


Wednesday, July 6 2011

Was It All in Her Head?: An Interview with Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips set up a subscription service for her fans to get entire EPs of new music before she had anything even written. Not only did she survive, but she's produced some of most daring music of her career, and tells PopMatters all about it ...


Monday, December 13 2010

The 10 Most Disappointing Albums of 2010

Considering the caliber of artistry here, some of them are major disappointments, while others were simply predictable, but failed to deliver on the off-chance hope that it could have been better.


Reviews

Tuesday, August 19 2014

Kimbra: The Golden Echo

With the help of Gotye, you can't help but feel like Kimbra's follow up to her magnificent debut squanders her undeniable talent.


Wednesday, June 4 2014

Meshell Ndegeocello: Comet, Come to Me

Ndegeocello returns with her 11th studio album, which is a minimalist album that will leave you wondering what could have been if more was layered onto these fairly bare bones.


Wednesday, May 21 2014

Michael Jackson: Xscape

Michael Jackson's Xscape is free of his dated style and is all the better for it.


Thursday, May 8 2014

Tori Amos: Unrepentant Geraldines (take 1)

Tori Amos returns with a mature and assured collection of tunes that may just be her best in more than a decade.


Wednesday, April 2 2014

Lea Michele: Louder

Lea Michele is the fifth Glee cast member to embark on a solo pop career -- and will enjoy the same level of success as the others.


Madonna: MDNA [26.Mar.12]
Owen: Ghost Town [8.Nov.11]
Kimbra: Vows [27.Sep.11]

Blogs

Thursday, April 24 2014

Courtney Love - "You Know My Name" (audio)

The frenetic Courtney Love is back, only this time she's using her solo name.


Thursday, April 24 2014

Veruca Salt - "The Museum of Broken Relationships" (video) + Tour Dates

The '90s are back! With Meshell Ndegeocello, Courtney Love, Tori Amos and now Veruca Salt all on the cusp of releasing new records this year, this '90s music fanboy's heart is about to explode.


Thursday, April 17 2014

Meshell Ndegeocello - "Conviction" (audio)

Meshell Ndegeocello's newest track from her forthcoming album Comet, Come to Me is one of the best she's delivered since she jumped ship from Madonna's Maverick label.


Friday, January 24 2014

Mirror Talk - "Don't" (video)

Up and coming new wave band Mirror Talk debut a gender bending homoerotic video for single "Don't".


Wednesday, January 15 2014

The Top 10 Beyoncé Singles of All Time

After the surprise release of quite possibly her best album to date, it's time to have a look at the tracks that propelled this R&B darling into super-stardom.


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