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WLFPCK Is Alt-Pop's Most Promising Newcomer

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.14.2014 | Entertainment

Fresh to the table, WLFPCK is looking to earn their seat in alternative-pop, which has largely been dominated by The 1975 for over a year now, no vowe...

Behind the Scenes With Singer-Songwriter, Macy Gray

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

When I sat down with singer-songwriter Macy Gray in the private Barrel Room of City Winery just before her performance there, I was reminded of what it means to be a one-of-a-kind.

Ryan Kristobak

Why You Need To Start Listening to Niykee Heaton Right Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.01.2014 | Entertainment

"So, your 'Bad Intentions' EP dropped today and it has been absolutely killing it," I say to 19-year-old rising singer-songwriter Niykee Heaton in the...

Are Chicagoans and Downstate Illinoisans Really All That Different?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.09.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The rivalry between Chicago and downstate Illinois gets played up a lot, but what do we have to be competitive about? We're all Illinoisans. Are we really that different?

The New Pornographers Are Back With Brill Bruisers

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

Brill Bruisers sounds broad and warm, wrapping from ear to ear and giving shine to 13 songs that experiment with new sounds and instruments -- some of which are jarringly unfamiliar even after several listens.

It Was All a Dream: Why Iggy Azalea's Hip-Hop Bubble Might 'Pop'

Karen J. Francis | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

How can a woman best-known for pop hits be the new hip-hop record holder?

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

Todd Michael Schultz: Pop Chemist

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 06.14.2014 | Entertainment
Savas Abadsidis

Todd Michael Schultz's newest single Doorstep was just released by Titan Records, a newfangled label specifically tuned in to address the needs of mus...

Michael Jackson Xscape's Death Once Again

Chris Sosa | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Chris Sosa

The project's authenticity creates a new problem: How does one intuit the melodic decisions Jackson would have made if he were alive?

This Is Pop: Take It or Leave It

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

If you know nothing about the band Latimer House from Prague and their debut, All The Rage, a look at the cover art might have you expecting a Dali-esque sound paradox, a collage of varied distorted sounds creating a new whole.

Piano Ombre Plays Perfectly

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Paul R. Byrne

It's been over a week since Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains released Piano Ombre, and I've taken my time in forming an opinion. You could say I wanted to be sure I loved it as much as I thought. The truth is I love it even more.

Why I Love Me Some Bruno Mars

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.02.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I'm only watching the Super Bowl for ONE reason this year: Bruno Mars. Let me give you some background on that.

We Can't Stop Dancing to Nonstop Pop 2013

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 12.10.2013 | Entertainment

Miley picked up a hammer. JT shrugged on his suit and tie. Drake started from the bottom. Now we're here. As we round out the last month of 2013,...

Marshall Mathers Buckles Down and Faces the Music

Andy Hoglund | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

In a year when some the rap's heavyweights pushed their craft either creatively (in the case of Kanye West's innovative Yeezus), or by breaking new marketing ground (such as Jay Z's Magna Carta...Holy Grail) the smaller scale ambitions of Eminem seem quaint by comparison.

A Night That Rocked My Soul

Melissa Manchester | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Melissa Manchester

Last week, I had an evening that reminded me not just of the power of music, but of that greater power only to be found in theatre, where story emboldens the songs and familiar melodies are suddenly lifted and filled with new purpose, seizing the intention of a specific moment.

10 Reasons Why Lorde's Pure Heroine Is a Lyrical Masterpiece

Rock Genius | Posted 11.30.2013 | Entertainment
Rock Genius

Her realist, jaded approach to life, as opposed to the happy, glamorized parties in other pop videos, is now put to the test. Does she live up to the hype?

Life to the Pixies!

Scott Thill | Posted 11.17.2013 | Entertainment
Scott Thill

Keep calm and rock on, to mangle the cliche. That's what you're going to do. After 20 years of the Pixies' impressive cultural capital, Black Francis has done just that. And honorably, I would argue.

When Pop Had Soul and Style

Rai Mensah | Posted 09.28.2013 | Style
Rai Mensah

Sitting in a large room with Jesse to talk about his style and upcoming projects turned into an intimate conversation about traveling, inspirations, and his unique style.

iHeart Radio's Rising Star, Alex Jacke Takes on Music Industry Full Force as an Emerging Artist

Jordan Harris | Posted 09.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jordan Harris

With only two EP's to his name, emerging recording artist and songwriter, Alex Jacke's soothing vocals, enticing lyrics, charm and rapidly growing fan base are enough to give R&B veteran, Trey Songz and newcomer, Travis Garland a run for their money.

Aspartame Pathway

Dr. Joseph Mercola | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joseph Mercola

Coca-Cola notes that "when aspartame is digested, the body breaks it down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol" -- and it is methanol that is one of the root problems with aspartame.

'Take My Time': Jon Sandler's U.S. Video Premiere

Mike Ragogna | Posted 03.27.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

With a chorus that spikes with the anthemic "...this is not my home," "Take My Time" is a song about time, love, and finding, well, home.

Best 12 Albums for 2012

Dusty Wright | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Wasn't easy to whittle this list down to 10, let alone 11, so I picked 12 for 12-12-12. A few of these selections were last minute additions that knocked two other picks out of top spots.

Apple Kills Popular Kickstarter Project

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 12.22.2012 | Technology

The POP portable device charger attracted one thousand backers on Kickstarter. Unfortunately, it finished its campaign without the approval of the mos...

When Is A Pop Just A Soda?

Posted 09.30.2013 | Taste

Or a coke?

Once Again, Donald Fagen Delivers

Joan K. Smith | Posted 12.17.2012 | Entertainment
Joan K. Smith

Donald Fagen -- as a solo artist -- is back, and this time we only had to wait six years. When the first single from Sunken Condos dropped in September, it only heightened anticipation. Now that the full album is in hand, how does it size up?