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…

SOAK: “Grim Town” (Album Review)

On her sophomore effort, the Northern Irish musician graduates from the lonesome status of a singer-songwriter to embrace the boldness of an art-pop auteur to create a comforting ride through self-discovery and stellar jaunty yet bracing anthems of escape and liberation. If you don’t know the Irish singer-songwriter by her real name, Bridie Monds-Watson, then…

Kevin Abstract: “ARIZONA Baby” (Album Review)

Lead member of BROCKHAMPTON, Kevin Abstract, delivers a stand-out third album that combines sonic experimentation with slick pop songwriting co-produced by the fantastic Jack Antonoff that stands on the cutting edge of the definition of modern hip-hop. Kevin Abstract is by far more than just a rapper – he is an architect of sonic waves….

MARINA: “Love + Fear” (Album Review)

The famed indie-pop Welsh singer sheds the moniker “and the Diamonds,” presenting a bold double album that is singular in theme and probes the deep, universal insecurities and emotions that we all endure in life but lacks a personal risk to tie up the loose ends. In a career-defining move, Marina Diamandis, previously known by…