Bastille: “Doom Days” (Album Review)

The London-based band aims for a more inventive, boundary & genre-hopping album where they attempt to party away the darkness and political strife in the world – but the realities and bleakness keep catching up with them. Bastille, the London-based band that broke out in 2011 with their hit “Pompeii” has definitely made a name…

“Hotel Mumbai”: Film Review

Armie Hammer and Dev Patel star in an ensemble cast in director Anthony Maras’ fictionalized yet humanely real account of the Mumbai attacks, reminding us that some of Hollywood’s greatest pieces are sourced from reality. The famed five-star Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai has one motto and one motto only for their staff: “guest…

Mark Ronson: “Late Night Feelings” (Album Review)

Fresh off an Oscar-win for producing & writing “Shallow,” the British-American songwriter-DJ’s fifth studio album is a compilation of “sad bangers” that mixes a record of unique & brilliant pop songs with sleepy filler tracks sung by an entirely all-female featured vocalists. The British-American songwriter, producer and DJ has had a very busy few years…

Tyler, the Creator: “IGOR” (Album Review)

The multi-hyphenate LA rapper, musician and producer’s fifth album is impressionistic and emotionally charged showcasing an auteur refining his style and barring his all more than ever before. Tyler, the Creator’s albums have largely been defined by absences – of his father, of critical acclaim, of success, of love. He always responded to what was…

“Native Son”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

A modern take on a landmark classic in Black literature, new-to-cinema team of Rashid Johnson and Suzan-Lori Parks’ adaptation of the Richard Wright novel is held by Ashton Sanders poetic performance and works – until the novel actually kicks in. Screen adaptations of acclaimed books are hard – how do you keep the parts of…

GoldLink: “Diaspora” (Album Review)

GoldLink’s debut studio album stretches far beyond a search for a national black identity and instead opts for a confluence of black music, collaborating across borders and tracing hip-hop’s roots back to the universal sounds of Africa. GoldLink’s most recent major label debut, his third mixtape At What Cost, was an ode to his home…

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Dedicated” (Album Review)

On the Canadian pop diva’s fourth studio album, she confidently delivers peppy teen-pop wisdom, adding another installment of ’80s loving-pop to her discography that proudly wears its heart on its sleeve. It has been seven years since Canada’s poppiest import dominated the airwaves with her infectious teen bubblegum pop hit “Call Me Maybe” in the…

Avicii: “Tim” (Album Review)

The posthumous LP of the late superstar DJ suggests that we know less that we thought we did about Avicii, an artist struggling in both heart and art, but ultimately the record honor’s the late DJ’s EDM legacy. The Swedish DJ, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in his Oman hotel room…