Articles tagged pop

28 Mar 2016 // 4:00 PM

Sia - “Cheap Thrills” (Singles Going Steady)

"Cheap Thrills" is probably the best song on Sia's latest album.

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28 Mar 2016 // 9:25 AM

Seinabo Sey Is Off to a Fast Start

Seinabo Sey: "The artists I love, like Jill Scott and Common, they are great storytellers who help people with their songs."

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Clouds, Thunder, and the Narrative of Structure: An Interview With Pinkshinyultrablast

Though thematic clashes of good and evil are entertaining, Pinkshinyultrablast acknowledge that structure has its importance when carving their dreamy tracks.

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Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Something as fresh and lively as Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall results in a rare enhancement of what you already have come to know and love.

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Marit Larsen on the Power of Nordic Pop Music and How to Cultivate a Cult Audience

Marit Larsen is the hyper-talented Nordic pop heroine that many should-be fans in North America have yet to discover.

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17 Mar 2016 // 9:45 AM

77 Bombay Street - “Once and Only” (audio) (premiere)

In the last seven years, Switzerland's 77 Bombay Street has honed their pop perfect sound by playing more than 300 concerts.

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Daryl Hall and John Oates Unleash the Hits at Madison Square Garden

These days, it's kind of hip to be a Hall and Oates fan.

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16 Mar 2016 // 11:00 AM

Alessia Cara - “Wild Things” (Singles Going Steady)

Alessia Cara definitely has some songwriting chops, but she also tends to toss in unnecessary cliches and tropes whenever she can.

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Benji Hughes - “Peacockin’ Party” (video) (premiere)

Benji Hughes writes hook-filled, quirky, fun pop songs that wind up as pure ear candy and sport a deft, light humor that can brighten the darkest of days.

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15 Mar 2016 // 3:10 AM

Jovanotti: 2015 CC

Like a decadent box of gourmet sweets, there is, on Jovanotti's 2015 CC, fun to be had in discovering the tasty surprise centers of these songs.

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14 Mar 2016 // 4:00 PM

Kristin Kontrol - “X-Communicate” (Singles Going Steady)

Kristin Welchez of Dum Dum Girls offers up a shamelessly fun '80s pastiche that transfigures a simple breakup decision into an after-dark occult ceremony.

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8 Mar 2016 // 3:15 PM

Cate Le Bon - “Wonderful” (Singles Going Steady)

Being nuts offers an opportunity for Cate LeBon and the band to be creative. It’s wonderful.

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8 Mar 2016 // 12:15 PM

A Giant Dog - “Sex & Drugs” (Singles Going Steady)

This is one delicious little masterpiece, from the overdrive-drenched bass that kicks things off to the giddy two-pronged vocal belting.

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7 Mar 2016 // 3:20 AM

Prince Rama: Xtreme Now

The "Now Age" practitioners return with another high-concept album whose conceit doesn't take away from the fun of it all.

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Fairground Saints - “Can’t Control the Weather” (live video) (premiere)

Fairground Saints' virtuostic musicianship and heavenly harmonies drive their infectious brand of bluegrassy pop.

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Bernard Szjaner and the (Hypothetical) Prophets - ‘Around the World With’ (album stream)

Back in the '80s, the (Hypothetical) Prophets posed as an anti-Soviet pop group working inside the Soviet Union, Russia specifically, that was "smuggling" their music to the West.

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1 Mar 2016 // 4:26 PM

Charlie Oxford - “Letting Go” (video) (premiere)

Texas-raised, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Charlie Oxford specializes in country-tinged soulful pop.

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1 Mar 2016 // 10:33 AM

Cub Sport - ‘This Is Our Vice’ (album stream) (premiere)

Cub Sport's sound is grounded in Aussie indie pop, based around hook-filled melodies, anthemic choruses, and sophisticated arrangements.

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Wakey Wakey: Overreactivist

Radio-ready arrangements meet monotonous lyricism on Wakey Wakey's third full-length effort.

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25 Feb 2016 // 10:30 AM

Lana Del Rey - “Freak” (Singles Going Steady)

A molasses jam as sensual as it is sticky, but also one of the more directly pleasing tracks on Lana Del Rey's Honeymoon.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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