This ain’t it: The Killers, “Land of the Free” - It was only a matter of time before Killers frontman Brandon Flowers attempted to go full Bono (while sounding full Springsteen). And I should appreciate any effort towards wokeness, but this song is an embarrassment. It’s a gallimaufry of contemporary injustices that register more like a to-do list with each box already checked off than a call-to-arms protest anthem. The band should stick to metaphors, or focus in on a singular topic with educated nuance. Otherwise you get this, a confounding, directionless empowerment single. … [Read more...] about Cardi B Creates a Twerk Haven, and Ariana Grande Finds Happiness in Spending
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Davidson has since moved out of the apartment he shared with Grande and their pet pig, Piggy Smalls. “He is staying with very close friends he considers family,” said the insider. “Pete has a strong support system.” (Davidson’s rep had no comment.) … [Read more...] about Seriously, How Is Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s Love Pig Coping?
Many companies, including Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft employ encrypted channels that likely protect communication from the eyes of law enforcement. Milner, however, reassures that Facebook will contact authorities if doing so will thwart an attack. … [Read more...] about Facebook Announces Intent to Make Its Platform ‘Hostile’ to Terrorists
Mariah Carey tends to be cagey in interviews and on her own reality show, but on Sunday night’s Watch What Happens Live!, she was apparently feeling extra festive and gave us an early Christmas present by revealing her opinions on several of her contemporaries. Spoiler: They were not particularly kind unless the singer in question humbled herself to Carey by approaching her (generally by attending one of her shows)! … [Read more...] about What Does Mariah Carey Think of Her Pop Singing Peers? Oh, She’ll Tell You
U.S. Girls, In A Poem Unlimited The latest studio album from musician Meghan Remy under her U.S. Girls moniker is a bold and engaging pairing of provocative politics with catchy dance-pop grooves, beginning in ’70s soul-funk and ending in a Talking Heads-esque jam, with an assemblage of art-pop way stations in between. Horns, synths, guitars, and presumably a kitchen sink are employed to craft this smart and nearly flawless collection, which may not be a concept album proper but often feels like one in its fierce intelligence and thematic resonance. [Alex McLevy] … [Read more...] about The best pop and R&B albums of 2018
Coachella is a vacuous hellscape that’s owned by a climate-change denier, but goddamn does the festival score some good acts. Unfolding across two weekends, this year’s event features Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande, and Tame Impala at the top of the card, as well as a supporting roster that includes Janelle Monáe, Kid Cudi, Aphex Twin, Weezer, and Pusha T. … [Read more...] about Unleash the body glitter: Coachella to livestream both of its weekends this year for the first time ever