VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Rising Appalachia “Resilient” & More

Rising Appalachia has spent their musical career focused on social, cultural, political, and environmental justice. Far before Trump's presidency, sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith were singing on the bywaters of New Orleans about envisioning positive change. The Smith sisters have taken hold of their namesake, working as true wordsmiths of protest movements. The two [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:23-04:00May 24th, 2018|FEATURES, Video, Video of the Week|

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Childish Gambino “This is America” & More

 It is the job of the artist to question society, to be able to shine a light on cultural truths and shake the status quo. On Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Atlanta's Donald Glover, known on stage as Childish Gambino, set the internet on fire with a video that did just that. "This [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:25-04:00May 10th, 2018|FEATURES, Video, Video of the Week|


With the impending release of their third studio record, Love Is Dead, slated for release May 25, Scottish synth-poppers CHVRCHES shared a video for the LP's fourth single, "Miracle." It's a bit of a bait-and-switch, featuring lead singer Lauren Mayberry lit in gauzy neon hues, her voice sweet from the song's first notes. But the [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:27-04:00April 26th, 2018|FEATURES, Video, Video of the Week|

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Courtney Barnett “City Looks Pretty” & More

Courtney Barnett will release her sophomore record Tell Me How You Really Feel on May 18 via Mom + Pop, Marathon Artists and Barnett’s label, Milk! Records. For the release of her third single from the album, "City Looks Pretty," Barnett created what feels like a '90s throwback video collage. As fans may have noticed from her [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:29-04:00April 19th, 2018|FEATURES, Video, Video of the Week|

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Drake “Nice For What” & More

 It seems Drake is attempting to brand himself as socially conscious in his latest music videos. Back in February, he released a clip for "God's Plan" in which he is portrayed as a sort of Robin Hood character, giving huge wads of cash to people living in impoverished neighborhoods. Its message was somewhat dubious - [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:30-04:00April 12th, 2018|FEATURES, Video, Video of the Week|

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Cardi B “Bartier Cardi” & More

 Photographer turned fashion star turned director Petra Collins is a perfect artistic match for stripper turned reality TV star turned music tycoon Cardi B. The two internet sensations have risen to the top of their male dominated industries, and their latest collaboration on Cardi's new single "Bartier Cardi" is the perfect female response to [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:30-04:00April 5th, 2018|FEATURES, Video, Video of the Week|

VIDEO REVIEW: Alice Phoebe Lou “She”

Alice Phoebe Lou had me at “She.” She caught my ear at the end of last summer, and was quickly anchored into my permanent collection of artists whom I play on endless loops to make long bike rides through the city a little more enjoyable, her light and fierce vocals scattered over my summer memories. I [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:04:42-04:00March 6th, 2018|FEATURES, Reviews, Video|

PLAYING DETROIT: Jena Irene Asciutto debuts “Cold Fame”

What if I told you that a former American Idol runner-up wrote a power ballad about medical marijuana? And what if I told you that this same, 20 year-old reality TV competitor released one of the most well-rounded, wildly mature pop records just last week? Okay, okay. Last hypothetical. What if I told you that [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:06:39-04:00June 7th, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit, Video|

PLAYING DETROIT: Mango Lane Share Cheeky “Sex” Video

If Detroit had palm trees and if palm trees had a theme song we would have to assume that Mango Lane's chilled out, shimmering L.A. afternoon make-out session "Sex" would be most fitting. Channeling Washed Out, with hints of Phoenix's "Love Like a Sunset," "Sex" feels more like a post-coital American Spirit afterglow on a balcony. Cleverly caffeinated [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:06:50-04:00May 31st, 2017|COLUMNS, Playing Detroit, Video|

TRACK OF THE WEEK: Japanese Breakfast “Machinist”

Photo by Ebru Yildiz When I interviewed Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast for Brooklyn Magazine last summer, her dream-pop debut Psychopomp was creating quite the buzz. On a sold-out tour with Mitski and Jay Som, Zauner told me that her next album would have more of an electronic pop feel but still have [...]

By |2018-08-09T17:07:01-04:00May 5th, 2017|FEATURES, Reviews, Track of the Week, Video|

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