Robert Christgau on the Bold Pop of Janelle Monáe and Perfume Genius
The Dean of American Rock Critics reviews 'Dirty Computer' and 'No Shape' before sifting through recent records by Taylor Swift, Pink, Sam Smith, Kesha, Lana Del Rey, and Miguel.
The Changing Face of the Male Pop Star Heartthrob
What women are after, at least in their pop idols, isn’t the fantasy of a perfect body, but rather the articulation of the complicated language of emotion. And talent.
Sam Smith Only Just Waking Up To Racism Shows He’s Just Part of the Problem
He may have become "woke," but it's hard to ignore the fact that a man celebrated for music indebted to black culture had failed to recognize the privilege of protection that his whiteness affords him.
The Right to Be Forgotten: Why a New Artist's Biggest Battle Is Finding a Way to Delete Their Past
In 2015, it's not unusual for a record label to sign an artist, and immediately remove every single thing they've ever done.