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Peyton Toups


Going Gaga for Lady Gaga's Chromatica Oreos

It's giving us camp. It's giving us gay. It's giving us Gaga.

A Playlist Called "Love"

Lots and lots (and lots) of love.

Remembering SOPHIE

In the wake of SOPHIE's death, the artist left a chasm of untapped potential the size of the moon.

I Can't Feel My Face: The Evolution of The Weeknd's Look in the 'After Hours' Era

The Weeknd stands out among his fellow male pop stars in his self–presentation.

Róisín Murphy reclaims the Dance Floor on 'Róisín Machine'

The veteran alt–pop icon reintroduces herself on her first record in five years.

A.G. Cook's 'Apple' is a Dizzying Display of Electronica

The PC Music ringleader's "second debut album" flies in every direction.

A Soundtrack for 2020's Election Anxieties

Street reflects on the songs that reflect our cries for justice.

Dancing to Club Music in the Time of COVID-19

Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga are back to give us some danceable, club-ready bangers. Too bad the clubs are closed.

Taylor Swift's 'folklore' is yet another masterpiece in her discography

The pop star trades bombastic synths for eclectic folk-pop on her breathtaking 8th studio album.

The Chicks share righteous, passionate anger on 'Gaslighter'

The country trio formerly known as The Dixie Chicks are assisted by Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent on their latest record.

Arca celebrates her identities on mutant pop record 'KiCk i'

On her fifth album, the Venezuelan producer desconstructs the pop diva.

The Controversial Legacy of "Urban" Music

Despite its ubiquity, the 'urban' label has a problematic past and concerning present

Flying Lotus' 'You're Dead!': Black Death in Protest Music

FlyLo's 2014 album explores themes worth reexamination from a present perspective 

Lady Gaga Finally Returns to Dance Pop with 'Chromatica'

Mother Monster's latest album is a queer, campy, and energetic return to upbeat house music.

Charli XCX Explodes on Quarantine Album, 'How I'm Feeling Now'

Charli XCX’s latest project showcases some of her most abrasive and energetic music to date

Perfume Genius Realizes His Full, Complex Self on New Record

On his fifth record, 'Set My Heart On Fire Immediately,' Perfume Genius' Mike Hadreas explores queer love with a newfound poignancy

'SAWAYAMA' is a Must Listen

Rina Sawayama's debut album is genre–bending exploration of identity. 

The Album with the Perfect Score

Fiona Apple's 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters' is proof you don't need a fancy recording studio to shine. 

New Releases or Radio Silent?

What your favorite artists have been up to during quarantine. 

Why I Created QUARANTINE: A Collaborative Playlist

Songs that resonated with me about being alone. 
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