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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

“Beach House 3” is just as honest as it is fun

Ty Dolla $ign is a singer, first and foremost, who is more than capable of dropping some bars on a track. What makes him such a pleasure to listen to is his strength in...

Even off their A-game, Future and Thugger come together with flare

Discussing current trends in hip-hop inevitably comes around to highlighting the importance of Future and Young Thug, the Atlantan rap titans whose postverbal eccentricities elevated their auto-tuned slurs from the exception to the norm....

“Sonder Son” displays an understated image of Brent Faiyaz

Brent Faiyaz is another name on the growing list of young R&B voices who have created noise on the charts in the past year. He sits in this position with other artists on the...

The unequivocally cool king of British indie makes his triumphant return with “The Ooz”

Archy Marshall is an agent of mystique and low profile in a media climate where that is hard to accomplish. Being a very enigmatic character, he has nearly as many stage monikers as projects...

In Kelela’s sea — On the singer’s debut, ”Take Me Apart”

Kelela’s asymmetrically shaved head has become a marker for the singer. As of late, she has accented the end of her locks with diamonds, inducing regality and elegance, two descriptors which encapsulate her ambitiously...

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas”: More a love letter to Gwen Stefani’s new...

Gwen Stefani has attempted to bring the Christmas feeling a little early with the release of her latest album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” featuring her own takes on classic songs such as...

Poised, Florist reflects on grief with loving hope

Emily Sprague is no stranger to pain. In early 2014, the singer-songwriter behind Florist — a “friendship project” composed of Sprague, Rick Spataro and Jonnie Baker — broke her neck and suffered arm damage...

Lorde returns with a fluorescent melodrama

Empty vodka bottles, clothes on the floor and rearranged furniture leave traces of a party that poses the thought: What happened last night? Fumbling over the furniture and bottles as you trace through the...

“El Dorado” showcases Shakira’s golden mastery

Shakira’s eleventh LP, “El Dorado,” accomplishes a tough challenge for an artist of her stature. Being an international icon is a tough mountain to climb, with easy traps to fall into that can make...

Harry Styles’ self-titled debut shows he can stand on his own post-One Direction

Harry Styles released his first solo album since his days in One Direction. In an interview with The Sun, Styles claimed, “I wanted to put out a piece of me that I haven’t put...