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Troye Sivan Brings Back the Opulent Music Video in Orgiastic and Confessional Pop Album

“Something to Give Each Other,” the Australian singer’s first album in five years, shows artistic growth, if not for its musical elements, then certainly for its visual and thematic strengths.

by ANANYA VARSHNEYA

The Time–Traveling Magic of Japanese City Pop

A lighthearted, catchy melody leads to a tale of orientalism, international relations, and the power of the internet.

by JULIA FISCHER

“Vampire Empire” and the Toxicity of Leak Culture

With the popularity of unreleased music and leaks on the rise, your favorite artists are losing artistic control.

by JAKE FALCONER

Phish Shows Are Decadent and Depraved

Well, maybe not decadent, but depraved for sure.

by COLE KNIGHT

Sexyy Red’s Rush to the Forefront of Rap Stardom

Sexyy Red’s authentic sound and confident persona distinguish her from her contemporaries.

by ANANYA VARSHNEYA

'LOONATIC' Deals: The Saga of the LOONA vs. Blockberry Creative Lawsuits

LOONA’s fight against their former company is a Cinderella story that uncovers the shady deals lurking behind K–Pop company contracts.

by DEREK WONG

The Deutsch Roots of Drum & Bass

The synthesizer songs that you know and love boast a history that is deeply radical and shockingly German.

by NISHANTH BHARGAVA

What Does the Music You Listen to Say About Your Personality?

Your musical horoscope decoded

by MEHREEN SYED

Tamino Talks Tour to Street

The Belgian–Egyptian singer talks religion, dream collaborations, and confirms a New York move.

by HALLA ELKHWAD

Who’s Driving the Fast Car?

While Luke Combs’ cover continues to take a life of its own, it can’t replace Tracy Chapman’s queer–coded critique of the American Dream.

by NORAH RAMI

Olivia Rodrigo Spills All of Her ‘GUTS’ To The World

On her sophomore project, Rodrigo shows that she’s no longer a teenager, but a maturing artist with a lot to say.

by DEREK WONG

On Her Most American Album, Mitski Reclaims the Land

The Land is Inhospitable and So Are We is primitive, perverse, intense, honest, and the singer’s most cohesive record to date. 

by HANNAH SUNG

Survival of the Fittest: Why K–Pop Survival Shows Remain Popular

K–Pop shows exhibit a recent resurgence in popularity, with more than a dozen shows appearing within the past year.

by DEREK WONG

Inside Darlingside

With their new album Everything is Alive coming out today, this ethereal indie folk friend group is sure to become your next favorite.  

by NORAH RAMI

The Forever Discoverability of the Banana Album

As quintessential as the forever–yellow banana on its cover, this timeless experimental album never gets old.

by JULES LINGENFELTER

Becoming a Swiftie, Slowly

Listening to Taylor Swift for the first time is an experience. 

by CALEB CRAIN

“Baraye” is the Sound of Hope

Music is uplifting the voice of Iranians fighting for equality and justice.

by MEHREEN SYED

The Soundtrack for Your Summer Might Be Korean

From Mooning over First Loves to Plotting Murderous Revenge, K–Drama Original Soundtracks always provide the perfect back track for your summer shenanigans. 

by ENNE KIM

Taylor Swift’s Self–Serving White Feminism

Swift’s New Connections with 1975 frontman Matty Healy reveals political shallowness.

by MEHREEN SYED

Battle of the Frat DJs

Which genre comes out on top?

by OLIVIA REYNOLDS

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