Articles tagged pop

Kendra Erika - “The Truth Never Lies” (video) (premiere)

Kendra Erika updates the Bond-girl framework to 21st century terms, an embrace of glamour and sexuality as an empowering tool.

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In the Aftermath of “Maybe”, Carly Rae Jepsen Keeps on Rollin’

Carly Rae Jepsen knew she would lose fans after the success of “Call Me Maybe” wore off.

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Savoir Adore - “Paradise Gold” (audio) (premiere)

“Paradise Gold” is a good example of why the neon-soaked sound of glitzy, glittery electropop continues to work.

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Elizabeth Hunter - “Coming for You” (video) (premiere)

Elizabeth Hunter struts forward with blinding energy, loud and dynamic and alive.

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Petula Clark: Natural Love - The Scotti Brothers Recordings

One of the few releases of hers not to feature “Downtown", Natural Love functions as a reminder of Petula Clark’s ill-advised early ‘80s detour into inconsequential country and adult contemporary.

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The Explorers Club: Together

The harmonies are tight, the melodies strong and catchy, and the overall mood is jubilant and uplifting, making Together the perfect antidote for the toxic politics, violence, personal struggles, and controversies that seem to swirl around all our lives like a constant black cloud.

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The Kinks: Everybody’s in Show-Biz

A convoluted masterpiece in large part because Ray Davies passionately hates his life and lies with every breath -- and likewise, fears his death.

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DYAN - “Looking For Knives” (audio) (premiere)

It’s synthpop in its most toned-down sense, the kind of music that reminds you that taking off the accelerator can provide a sumptuous result too.

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High Dive Heart - “Misfit” (video) (premiere)

If “Misfit” is any indication, poptimism is thankfully alive and well.

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So Much Light - “Justin Bieber at the Gates of Hell” (audio) (premiere)

It’s alt-pop in the same world as Flume or How to Dress Well, morose and triumphant and serene all at once.

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O.L.A. - “Best That I’ve Felt” (video) (premiere)

"Best That I've Felt" is a sugary slice of tropically-infused pop house, bouncy synths drawing equally from Kygo’s “Firestone” and Edward Maya’s “Stereo Love” with just a dash of ZHU’s percussive melodies.

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Sting and Peter Gabriel’s ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ Tour Showcases Friendship and Music

Gabriel and Sting's 'Rock Paper Scissors' show is a crowd pleaser. Check out photos from their show at Madison Square Garden.

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Of Sweaty Basements, Short Skirts and the Paisley Underground: Vicki Peterson of the Bangles

The Bangles surveyed Los Angeles in the aftermath of punk and forged a new way. A new compilation looks back on that time as Vicki Peterson remembers the thrill of hearing herself on the radio for the first time and the terror of the group's first tour.

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24 Jun 2016 // 8:36 AM

Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (take 2)

Pure McCartney really is a compilation for those wanted to dip their toes in wading pool instead of jumping waterfalls.

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23 Jun 2016 // 3:07 PM

Gwen Stefani - “Misery” (Singles Going Steady)

"Misery" isn't a total misfire, but its formulaic diva-pop effervescence does little to convince you that music's mainstream was missing Stefani.

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Adam Clark - “Your Own Way” (audio) (premiere)

In a sub-genre often riddled with a myriad of exploits to bring as many one hit wonders to the top of the charts as possible as pop/rock is, Adam Clark comes across as one of the few genuine articles in his lane that could readily find success in a crowded playing field.

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FEVER HIGH - “Spit It Out” (audio) (premiere)

FEVER HIGH is exactly what it says on the tin: they advertise breezy synthpop, and breezy synthpop is what you get.

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Pointer Sisters: Greatest Hits (Expanded Edition)

Despite its title, this Greatest Hits comp deftly mixes radio smashes with lesser-known album cuts to paint a picture of a group burgeoning on pop stardom, but stops just a breath before they got there.

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Jain - “Come” (Frank Pole remix) (audio) (premiere)

Jain’s “Come” has already done quite well for itself, hitting #1 on the French pop charts in no small part thanks to its snappily syncopated blue-eyed-soul thump.

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Principled Pleasure: Janet Jackson’s ‘Control’ at 30 Still Commands Respect

A masterpiece of self worth-themed contextual pop proves our idiocy for downgrade shaming her to the status of "wardrobe malfunction".

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"Rock Never Dies" Takes Shots at Celebrity Culture In a Surprisingly Effective Episode

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"Season 12's best episode yet isn't perfect, but well-done, with an excellent swan song performance by Rick Springfield.

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