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#PopRocks by Paul Attard Music

Schoolboy Q | Crash Talk

May 10, 2019

Patience is a virtue that most hip-hop fans don’t possess, and one that they don’t really need to; it’s generally been accepted that in order to stay relevant against the seemingly endless cavalcade of face-tatted SoundCloud youngsters, an artist has to consistently flood the market with new material. This is why Drake just re-released a decade-old mixtape to streaming serves — if it gets people talking about you again, it really doesn’t matter if you’re (pretty literally, in this specific…

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#PopRocks by Joe Biglin Music

Vampire Weekend | Father of the Bride

From the moment Vampire Weekend stepped off the Columbia University campus and quite literally into Rostam Batmanglij’s “studio” apartment to record songs about Lil Jon, the United Nations, and their own grammatical inclinations, they have been nothing if not indie-pop royalty. The band’s self-titled…

May 9, 2019
#PopRocks by Stephen Eisermann Music

Maren Morris | Girl

Maren Morris’ second album, Girl, certainly feels and sounds like her type of record, at least based off of the music from her previous album and more recent collaborations, but there’s one glaring issue here: on Girl, it seems that Morris has sanded down…

March 18, 2019
#PopRocks by Greg Cwik Music

Weezer | Weezer (Black Album)

For those who still associate Rivers Cuomo with the confessional and unabashed awkwardness of Pinkerton, an album of estimable emotions that seems to have been released an eternity ago, Weezer’s Weezer (Black Album) could come as a special kind of shock; for everyone who’s been following the band…

March 3, 2019
#PopRocks by M.G. Mailloux Music

Future | Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd

As far as contemporary pop stars go, Future was always somehow simultaneously the surest, and the least sure, bet: In the context of current rap, his success makes perfect sense, fitting right alongside Drake’s and Kanye West’s, two artist’s who’ve nimbly adapted to the shifting aesthetic trends in their genre. But…

January 28, 2019
#PopRocks by Stephen Eisermann Music

Alessia Cara | The Pains of Growing

Alessia Cara is at odds with herself on her sophomore album, The Pains of Growing. Following the meteoric rise of debut single “Here” — a murky and moody loner-anthem that caught everyone by surprise in 2015 — Cara released her first album, Know-It-All, which…

December 11, 2018
#PopRocks by Calum Reed Music

Mariah Carey | Caution

It’s often been said that Mariah Carey has little humility, but how much of that is just for show? Four years on from the flamboyantly-titled Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse — a commercial failure, though one modest critical acclaim — Mimi is…

November 27, 2018
#PopRocks by Paul Attard Music

Robyn | Honey

If Ariana Grande’s Sweetener was the feel-good pop project of the (late-ish) summer, focusing on the catharsis of newfound love (at the time…), then Robyn’s Honey is the melancholy-ridden antithesis, appropriately dropped in the middle of fall. The Swedish singer’s eighth album streamlines emotional distress…

November 2, 2018
#PopRocks by Sam C. Mac Music

M.I.A. | AIM

“Who said it was easy?/They can never stop we” sings the most put-upon recording artist of the last decade — an artist who’s never stopped pulling up her people even as she’s endured pop culture’s repeated persecutions. It’s from the last song on what…

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