Leela James: A Diva Taking Care of Business

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In the early days of Leela James’ career of being a talented, bright-eyed and bushy-coiffed soul singer, the business side of the music industry wasn’t something that her team had handled in the most profitable way. Looking back, she acknowledges that she has the quintessential artist story of being excited … Continue Reading →

Review: Joe – Bridges

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Joe’s new album, Bridges, is as smooth as a glass of chilled moscato, in a manner of speaking. The R&B veteran singer and songwriter is true to his soulful roots with his eleventh studio release of ballads and up-tempo tunes. Many songs have a throwback feel to them, bringing artists … Continue Reading →

Review: Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

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If Lana Del Rey knows how to do anything, it’s stay in her lane. The melodrama of her self-defined genre known as ‘Hollywood sadcore’ is revisited on her new studio album Ultraviolence. Despite claims following the release of 2012’s Born to Die that as a singer and songwriter she had … Continue Reading →

Review: Jennifer Lopez – A.K.A.

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Jenny from the block, better known around the globe as international pop icon J-Lo, is one of those triple-plus threats that have managed careers in entertainment made platinum through a solid fan base across the board. She started off as a dancer, and became a blockbuster actress, yet a great … Continue Reading →

Review: First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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First Aid Kit’s music appears to come from a generation past, or one that never quite existed in Stockholm as we know it, considering Sweden’s international pop acts like ABBA or Little Dragon. Possessing a synergy similar to American country siblings whose close harmonies are part of their vocal identity, … Continue Reading →

Review: Selwyn Birchwood – Don’t Call No Ambulance

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Selwyn Birchwood is his name, and he was born to play the blues. Although it wasn’t until his early teenage years that he would formally tap into his gifted ability as a guitarist, and later the electric lap steel guitar, he encompasses an old soul that embodies bluesy grit and … Continue Reading →

Iggy Azalea Makes Her Way To Stardom

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Iggy Azalea is the personification of self-fulfilling prophecy. Read the details of her early life in Australia, and you’ll see the vision of creating her own girl group à la TLC at age 14, and taking on the persona of the gutsy Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes with hopes of becoming … Continue Reading →

Review: Phillip Phillips – Behind The Light

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Phillip Phillips is back with his sophomore album Behind The Light. With his debut album The World From The Side Of The Moon and the hit single ‘Home’, the platinum-selling artist has not only become one of the most successful American Idol winners but has also produced one of the … Continue Reading →

Review: Coldplay – Ghost Stories

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Certain experiences are universal enough to warrant full concept albums when they occur. In this case, Coldplay’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, embraces the quintessential moment when a relationship comes to an end. Calm, ethereal and incredibly cerebral, the album is reportedly inspired by the trauma experienced during the ‘conscious … Continue Reading →

Review: The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin

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Disclaimer: If you’re not interested in a lesson in elaborate soundscapes or composition arrangement aesthetics as it relates to sound theory art form, then this is NOT your album. So, what does that even mean? …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, eleventh studio album by The Roots, is dense with … Continue Reading →

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