pop

New Music Monday: Lolahiko

Even if their latest single weren’t called “Murderer,” Lolahiko would have the corner market on dark, mysterious storytelling stitched into lush, intriguing indie pop sounds.  Read more »

BitchTapes: Voice Lessons

A mix of voices that expand our horizons, change the way we listen, and challenge our expectations. Read more »

New Music Monday: Tkay Maidza

Australian rapper Tkay Maidza’s music hearkens to MIA and Icona Pop, has features from Killer Mike, and claims Nicki Minaj and Santigold as influences. The result is a high-energy hodgepodge, and it’s pop hip-hop gold.  Read more »

New Music Monday: Trishes

Producer and singer Trishes incorporates her West Indian roots into what she calls “indie pop with a hip-hop influence.” Read more »

Sex, Struggle, and Mac-n-Cheese: Sex Stains Reminds Us Why We Love Punk

The new female-fronted band sings about mansplaining and misogyny with merciless energy. Read more »

Michelle Chamuel Talks Pop Music and Identity

Michelle Chamuel is a pop singer who can still rock a button-up. Photo by Andrew Taylor. As a fan of competitive reality television shows, The Voice offers a compelling premise: a singing competition based solely on one’s voice.  Read more »

Katy Perry's Extremely Straight Performance of "I Kissed a Girl" at the Super Bowl

Listen, I don’t expect much from Super Bowl halftime shows. Read more »

Catch the Infectious Pop and Outspoken Honesty of Lowell

When I saw Lowell perform in a bar/sandwich shop in Portland last week, I left feeling both sweaty and lucky. The small venue had been packed with people dancing to Lowell’s catchy beats—the Toronto-based performer filled the... Read more »

New Music Overload! Here Are 20 New Feminist-Friendly Songs for May.

Musician Esme Patterson and a key collaborator.  After a whirlwind of music discoveries at South by Southwest music fest last month, I’m happy dish up this... Read more »

Black to the Future: How Women in Pop Are Carrying the Mantle of Afrofuturism

Afrofuturism is a way to project Blackness into the future—not merely as existing, but as a critical and significant part of it. Read more »

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