287 items by Caryn Ganz

  • 5 Seconds of Summer

    5 Seconds of Summer | ALBUM REVIEW

    It's been 15 years since LFO sang "I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch" on a smash single called "Summer Girls." Michael Cliord, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin were toddlers back then,...

    July 22, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Ultraviolence

    Ultraviolence | ALBUM REVIEW

    Three years ago, Lana Del Rey seemed to hatch into existence as a fully formed provocateur: She has introduced previously untasted flavors to pop music (her slow, torchy genre of choice might best be described as "Calvin...

    June 20, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • In the Lonely Hour

    In the Lonely Hour | ALBUM REVIEW

    Where do lonely hearts go? British singer Sam Smith, 21, has written a dissertation on the question with his debut LP. Smith – a gifted blue-eyed-soulster with Barry Gibb's flexible falsetto and Mark Ronson's ear for...

    June 17, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since we met Chris Martin 14 years ago, he's been a trusted emotional shepherd, nudging us to hear the clanging bells, marvel at the stars, glow in the dark, obey our hearts. But what happens when...

    May 19, 2014 12:30 AM ET
  • Lady Gaga Ends Seven-Day Roseland Residency With NYC Venue's Last Show

    Lady Gaga Ends Seven-Day Roseland Residency With NYC Venue's Last Show | ARTICLE

    Lady Gaga admitted she cried before going onstage at New York's Roseland Ballroom last night — not strictly because it was the last performance before the beloved venue closed its doors permanently, but "because this city makes me...

    April 8, 2014 9:40 AM ET
  • Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn: Gay, Mormon and Finally Out

    Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn: Gay, Mormon and Finally Out | ARTICLE

    Provo, Utah, is home to 112,000 people, 61 Mormon churches, four coffee shops, two music clubs – and, on this crisp Friday evening in...

    March 25, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Britney Spears in Las Vegas: 5 Best and 5 Saddest Moments

    Britney Spears in Las Vegas: 5 Best and 5 Saddest Moments | ARTICLE

    Britney Spears started a nearly 100-date, two-year residency at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood last night in front of a capacity 4,600-person crowd at the hotel's Axis theater. The show strove to take advantage of the...

    December 28, 2013 12:04 PM ET
  • Artpop

    Artpop | ALBUM REVIEW

    Lady Gaga is at her peak when she's playing the neon queen of all the world's outcasts. And with her constant prodding, her Little Monsters have filled the biggest big tent in modern pop. But in...

    November 13, 2013 9:30 AM ET
  • The 1975

    The 1975 | ALBUM REVIEW

    The 1975 could use some enunciation lessons and an editor: Their debut, a Top 40 hit in America, is a long, often inscrutable set that rifles through synth-rock references like Neon Trees doing a poor M83 impression....

    October 18, 2013 12:05 PM ET
  • See You Tonight

    See You Tonight | ALBUM REVIEW

    The 2011 debut from American Idol champ Scotty McCreery was a bumpy pickup-truck ride through generic country tropes, but two years later, the baritone has cranked out brighter tunes about a topic more befitting a 19-year-old star:...

    October 15, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • Bitter Rivals

    Bitter Rivals | ALBUM REVIEW

    Since 2009, the Brooklyn duo of singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller have been turning a kitschy idea – bubblegum-pop vocals and monster guitars atop dime-store beats – into raucous, whip-smart noise rock. On their third...

    October 8, 2013 12:20 AM ET
  • Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!

    Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! | ALBUM REVIEW

    It took eight years, but this Sin City-born emo-glam squad finally made its Vegas Album. Brendon Urie sings about endless bed-hopping (faux-rap "Miss Jackson"), troubled love (disco dirge "Girl That You Love") and joyless smoking ("Nicotine")...

    October 8, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • M.O.


    Nelly's seventh album opens strong with a brilliantly chill Nicki Minaj cameo on a gloriously narcotic Pharrell track ("Get Like Me") and a characteristically romantic turn from Future ("Give U Dat"), but wraps weakly with a jangly...

    October 7, 2013 5:30 PM ET
  • "Work Bitch"

    "Work Bitch" | SONG REVIEW

    Will.i.am draws up the perfect nü-Britney blueprint: a squelchy thumper that's light on singing and heavy on hilarious directives barked in an English accent: "You want a Maserati?/You better work, bitch." Blasts of clubby synths do most...

    September 24, 2013 4:15 PM ET
  • Spreading Rumours

    Spreading Rumours | ALBUM REVIEW

    Grouplove make shaggy arena rock for the pool-skating set, like Arcade Fire with a seventh-grade sense of humor. Their second LP retains the goofy amiability of their debut and cranks the Nineties influences – "Raspberry" is the...

    September 24, 2013 12:00 AM ET
  • True


    In March, Avicii made his reverse Dylan-goes-electric move at the EDM-centric Ultra Fest, inviting bluegrass musicians onstage during his set. The crowd was baffled, but the Swede's debut album picks up on this Mumford & Synths...

    September 17, 2013 12:05 AM ET
  • "My Party"

    "My Party" | SONG REVIEW

    The Swedish duo behind the rampaging hit "I Love It" swerve into goopy darkness, crooning Lesley Gore's 1963 tune in cloying unison over a minimal, syrupy beat. Here, it sounds like they really don't care.

    September 10, 2013 10:10 AM ET
  • Halcyon Days

    Halcyon Days | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ellie Goulding arrived in 2010 as a folk-hop charmer, a kind of snazzier Beth Orton. 2012's Halcyon nudged her closer to the dance world, and her smash Calvin Harris team-up, "I Need Your Love," sealed the...

    September 9, 2013 4:15 PM ET
  • "Roar"

    "Roar" | SONG REVIEW

    Empowerment anthems have paid off for pop stars from Kelly Clarkson to Ke$ha in recent years, and Perry is sitting on a gold mine of emotional wreckage thanks to her swiftly imploded marriage to Russell Brand. Over...

    August 28, 2013 11:35 AM ET
  • Paracosm

    Paracosm | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ernest Greene's second album opens with the very un-synthetic sound of birds chirping. Heavy-handed point made: The chillwave pioneer has woken up and gone organic on Paracosm, trading the sexy wooze-outs of his 2011 debut for slightly brighter,...

    August 13, 2013 12:05 AM ET