Breaking free from club hits, ballads are here to stay

It could be from tougher college admissions, steeper gas prices, or more depressing news stories. It could be from a rise in Twitter break-ups or maybe just longer nights. But no matter the cause, we are listening to more emotional music than

New Gaga album risks leaving out fans

Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP is much more than the sum of its parts. The album, a collaboration with the likes of Zedd, Madeon, David Guetta, will.i.am and Def Jam’s legendary founder, Rick Rubin, is synergetic. It crosses genre between synth-pop, hip-hop and electronic,

Zombie cheerleaders running out of brains

If Sleigh Bells was a Halloween costume, it would be a zombie cheerleader. Really — the band is known for their combination of sinister guitars and sticky-sweet pop vocals. And this month, they’re back with their third album, “Bitter Rivals”, from young

An addictive new heroine profits from resentment

You probably best know Lorde from her hit single “Royals”. In the song, the sixteen-year-old songwriter Ella Yealich-O’Connor takes us through her disenchantment with pop culture’s obsession with opulence. She croons, “Every song is like gold teeth, Grey Goose, trippin’ in the