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In May I wrote about Jessy Lanza's luminous sophomore album, Oh No, a record driven as much by her skill as an experimental electronic composer as it is by her singular voice. The electronic music world is even more male-dominated than the rest of the music industry, and Lanza shines like a beacon in a genre that can seem particularly dark or uncreative. But even if both of her solo albums--2013's Pull My Hair...
Sometimes people forget it's April Fools' Day. That's understandable, but all the more so when a joke is unleashed into the wilds of the Internet that contains two of the buzziest buzz words currently in the media: Hamilton and Trump. Yes, our friends over at Brokelyn have outdone themselves today by advertising that, starting this morning, you could score one of 7,000 tickets available to see the best musical ever created, for free, this summer in Prospect Park; that the whole cast...
Not sure if you've heard, but Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical Hamilton is, ah, off the hook. Let me tell you something further (I'm sorry in advance): I got to see it. So I'm not passing along hype. I'm passing along reality. Know what else? I was skeptical when I arrived! Because I do not like musicals. But Lin-Manuel Miranda reminded me that when art is good—when art is next-level perfection—the form in which it is delivered...
It's inevitable that certain albums get more than their fair share of attention. Like any year, 2015 was littered with records that didn't quite live up to the hype. Or, that were praised without a much-needed critical eye offering another perspective. In an age where MTV will pull stories about rape culture in music videos because of artist pressure, there isn't a lot of room for people to speak about negative things in art. So,...

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