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by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016

Missy is still  exhilarating, but "Pep Rally" doesn't quite hold up to "WTF".

Magdalen Jenne: At this point any Missy is still exhilarating, but “Pep Rally” doesn’t quite hold up to “WTF”, her tremendous comeback single. It’s a little on-the-nose, feels a little like corporate mass-produced music, but it’s still Missy bringing her best energy, which means it’s still better than plenty of other stuff. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016

Trevor James Tillery  is a young Los Angeles singer-songwriter who blends gentle electronics in with his laid back singing.

Trevor James Tillery is a young Los Angeles singer-songwriter who blends gentle electronics in with his laid back singing, indietronica if you will. Tillery has already earned accolades from Zane Lowe and is about to release his new EP In Moonlight on March 25th. In Moonlight deals with many of the issues that gay people face when coming out. Tillery explains that “this song has been living with me for a while. I originally wrote it thinking it was about someone else, only to realize later that it is really about myself. Perhaps both. I had written ‘Sleeptalking’ prior to coming to terms with my own sexuality and it’s as if I’m telling myself to wake up.”

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016

A striking level  of both daring and maturity emerges in the songwriting ability of Tyler, the Creator on this track.

Chad Miller: A track that nails the balance between evoking the past and pointing towards the future. Kali Uchis does an excellent job as the lead vocalist, giving the song a jazzy feel. Also, the sound shift as the song approaches its second minute provides a nice tonal change before the song ends, almost like the track is cooling down. It’s refreshing to hear. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016

Nice vocal harmonies  and brass accents do a lot to add to "I Have Been to the Mountain's" atmosphere.

Magdalen Jenne: The most basic song, but a handful of smart production and arrangement choices elevate it from dull to really likable. The horns are an especially nice touch, and lend the track a swampy kind of southern gothic edge. Can’t do anything to cut back on the cheese factor on the video, though. [6/10]

by PopMatters Staff

12 Feb 2016

Innocence lost set  to a gorgeous hymn in Mount Moriah's "Baby Blue".

Eric Risch: Toying with perception, the Jordan Blake-directed video for Mount Moriah‘s “Baby Blue” sets photographer Robert Frank’s The Americans in motion. Seemingly candid moments proving anything but, we are left to question everything we see. Innocence lost set to a gorgeous hymn. [7/10]

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Violin Virtuoso L. Subramaniam Mesmerizes in Rare New York Performance (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Co-presented by the World Music Institute, the 92Y hosted a rare and mesmerizing performance from India's violin virtuoso L. Subramaniam.

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