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If you were on social media last night, it might have seemed like the entire world (i.e. every like-minded person you follow) waited around until 11:30pm to see who would be awarded the biggest prize of the night, Album of the Year. And, surprising a grand total of no one, the Recording Academy got it wrong. But what else is new? Let’s get one thing straight. Adele is fine—there’s no knocking her talent, and...
How can you be a revolutionary when you’re such a traditionalist? The traditionalist being charged here is Sebastian, a jazz pianist who walks the streets of modern day Los Angeles in two-tone wingtips, clinging to the past from head to toe. Played by Ryan Gosling in the new film La La Land, he shrugs off the accusation, which is just as well: the question is really directed at the ambitions of the film itself, an...
Nearly two months ago Beyonce released her visual album Lemonade on Tidal. Despite the time that's passed, my social media timeline is still filled with tiny avatars reeling about the album; it is an ever-present small talk topic. Today marks the release of the first individual music video off the album--for "Sorry" which is the first single and one of our picks for song of the summer--emancipating the track from its Tidal-exclusive context. "Sorry" opens with...
Look, it's practically impossible to select the best songs in a year. First of all, the single is so rarely the best song an album that using that categorization as criteria does not generally yield accurate results. Second of all, music critics are probably the people on the planet who listen to the greatest number of albums and songs per year, and even most of us have our niches and specializations we tend to...

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