On UGLY, Slowthai lets it all out
Slowthai’s dogged insistence on finding joy is deeply hopeful, and his commitment to exposing the ugliest parts of himself is undeniably cathartic.
She Said offers an engaging (if imperfect) look at the story behind the #MeToo Movement
Adapted from the 2019 book of the same name, She Said (2022) doesn’t directly grapple with the impacts of the article that started it all.
Best (and worst) of 2022: Albums
BEST: MUNA – MUNA MUNA’s third studio album earns its self-titled status by presenting a sublime collection of songs embodying the group’s hallmark style: emotionally rich lyrics with an energetic... Read more
Growing up, not growing old: Phoenix shimmers on Alpha Zulu
Ultimately, the band maintains their expressive, ambiguous lyricism but showcases it against a glitzier background.
There isn’t much to love about Love In The Villa
Romeo and Juliet is undeniably one of the world’s greatest love stories. But as any middle school English student will tell you, it is also one of the most devastating.... Read more
IDLES brings “hard rock for softies” to The Anthem
From their first album, 2017’s Brutalism, Bristol-based outfit IDLES established themselves as a punk band driven by one vital goal: cultivating joy and compassion in a painful and unjust world.
Bad Bunny’s “World’s Hottest Tour” is the perfect summer send-off
Bad Bunny transported concert-goers to the beaches of Puerto Rico and gave D.C. a much-needed opportunity to let loose and say goodbye to summer.
House music is back, with credit to its roots
From hip-hop to hyperpop, music’s biggest names are playing with house music, a genre born in the gay clubs of Chicago and New York.
A pop star in her element, Rina Sawayama dazzles at the Howard Theater
Rina Sawayama is an artist who belongs in stadiums. While the pandemic put a damper on her rise to stardom, Sawayama’s return to the stage comes at an exciting time... Read more
Pabllo Vittar and Rina Sawayama’s “Follow Me” is an exercise in excess
In her collaboration with Rina Sawayama, Vittar crafts a club banger with plenty of heart.