Album and show reviews over the past few months:
Earl Sweatshirt, Doris : "Earl's delivering verses eyes down and into his neck, tossing words into bars and phrases with the feeling of someone still figuring it all out. His discomfort isn’t bad; in fact, it stands in sharp relief to rappers who are half as talented and three times more boastful."
Julia Holter, Loud City Song : Holter's dithering, aimless nature takes the edge off of what could be an insufferably didactic, performative record.
Ariana Grande, Yours Truly : This is the BEST pop album of the year. Miley, who?
The Weeknd, Kiss Land : A seven outta ten for SPIN.
5 Things You Missed at #Maestro25: A commemorative show featuring Rich Kidd rapping on crutches, Sauks and Divine lookin' fine, and a giddy-ass Maestro.
Drake, Nothing Was The Same : "Drake, the self-aware stickler - guess some things do stay the same."
Jessy Lanza, Pull My Hair Back : Excellent electronic pop record out of Hamilton.
Pusha T, My Name Is My Name : (SECOND) BEST RAP RECORD OF THE YEAR.
CHVRCHES, The Bones of What You Believe: Good, but I don't get it.
5 Things You Missed at the Drake concert: PartyNextDoor, Future, all the baby blue, a new anthem, and one big bday party!
Katy Perry, Prism : No one wants to hear you cry, Katy.
M.I.A., Matangi : "Like Kanye West, M.I.A. is bothered by the antipathy directed her way. That discomfort pushes her, like West, to respond with challenging, middle-finger-in-the-air music."