Selena Gomez: Lose You To Love Me

With her first new single in two years, Selena Gomez reinvents the kiss off track, then drops the mic and struts away. ‘Lose You To Love Me’s’ lyrics are simple yet brazenly direct, taking aim at their subject while still being holistically self-revelatory. The words...

Idina Menzel: Christmas, A Season of Love

The queen of winter has returned with a masterpiece. Idina Menzel released her second Holiday album, ‘Christmas: A Season of Love’, and it has immediately unveiled itself as the Holiday collection we have not seen as a nation since 2013. The aesthetic of the album...

Katy Perry: Harleys In Hawaii

Harleys In Hawaii, the latest of 2019’s bi-monthly musical drops from Katy Perry, oozes that which her last single, ‘Small Talk,’ lacked. Identity. The latter is cute and sugary, but doesn’t do anything to set Perry apart in a streaming landscape overcrowded by...

Jordin Sparks in Waitress

The qualifications for the American Idol title that Jordin Sparks earned in 2007 are on full display at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. From the onset of Waitress she enthralls. With her soaring, soul-stirring voice only on full display during a few choice moments of the...

Harry Styles: Lights Up

‘Lights Up’ is a constitutive advancement from the brooding, contemplative sonic landscape of ‘Harry Styles.’ The track emerges from the same singer/songwriter-turned-psychedelic foundations as his emergent 2017 studio effort.  But 2019 finds Styles allowing the...

Joker

‘Joker’ is a chilling depiction of poverty, abuse, and severe trauma-induced mental illness. It is reflective of the palm-greasing dysfunctional reality of classism serving as a catalyst to aid the aims of those with influence. My predominant concern prior to seeing...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Spoiler Free)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is deeply polarizing amongst Harry Potter fans. After plenty of viewings of this juggernaut of a production, with two full re-readings of the original series since it opened, I can safely say that it’s established its own integrity...

Niall Horan: Nice to Meet Ya

Niall Horan’s first new release since his debut studio effort in 2017 delivers a debonair, keyboard driven mid-to-up-tempo chronicling his ever-changing dynamic with an illusive and mysterious ingenue. ‘Nice to Meet Ya’ is an earworm, and Horan’s honey-tinged croon...

Avril Lavigne: Head Above Water Tour

Avril Lavigne’s Head Above Water tour is both a re-introduction (she’s playing a rooftop in New York City after 40M+ records sold) and a career-celebrating encapsulation of the artist that defined the sound of the early 2000’s. Lavigne inaugurates her set with the...

Slave Play on Broadway

It’s not a white guilt play. It’s a play about black people, and more specifically, the psychological distortion that some (not all) black people encounter in interracial relationships with white people as a result of centuries of disparity of power and sexual...