It’s rare that the mere leadup to an album feels as enlightening as Manic’s has. Without hiding behind concepts, costumes, or allowing herself to be defined by others’ labels, Halsey’s found a way to integrate every part of her once-chaotic psyche.
While trying to avoid the topic that is Mötley Crüe's "Looks That Kill" (as covered by Diesel Boy, from Punk Goes Metal), the trio look at hard rock through a modern, feminist lens.
Selena’s still only 27, but it feels like she’s never had more to prove. So it’s ironic, and fitting, that pop’s quietest singer gets the first chance to define the sound of 2020.
My second appearance on Punk Goes Pod.
I joined Punk Goes Pod, hosted by longtime friends Emma Goulding and Sam Merrifield, to dissect A Flock of Seagulls' "I Ran" and its many covers. I also unpacked my experiences in a certain '80s tribute band for the first time, and why I felt personally attacked by the film La La Land.
Now 34, Lana's matured into a generational balladeer; yet she’s become more down-to-earth, no longer defined by the tragic figures who once inhabited her songs. She’s often seemed like a figure out of her own time: a ’60s hippie, a jazz singer, an old-Hollywood icon. But this decade of popular music wouldn’t be the same without her.
Brandon is joined by music journalist Richard S. He (@Richaod) for the second time of the Black Summer series. This time, the two take an in depth look at The Black Album classic, "Nothing Else Matters."
Brandon is joined by music journalist and returning guest Richard S. He to talk about "Holier Than Thou". Among other topics, the two try to imagine a world where this is the first single released off The Black Album, and what the song would sound like sung by Dave Mustaine.
“In My Head” plays with the idea that there’s no stability, no resolution when you’re living your whole life topsy-turvy. Through all the disorienting camerawork, Ariana remains our emotional anchor.
Less than four years into her career, Billie Eilish is already a wildly compelling artist. Maybe it’s because the crowd is so enthusiastic, but this show feels less like a display of her raw talent, than a moment for her generation.
Music journalist and St. Anger lover Richard S. He returns to Metallicast to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the MTV Icon Metallica special. The two go off on multiple tangents along the way about a variety of topics including the landscape of the modern music industry as opposed to the industry in the heyday of MTV, why Limp Bizkit sucks, and of course Dave Mustaine.
For every dazzling moment, Petras is just as down-to-earth. This is the final show of her first era, and if tonight only hints at her full potential, her stardom is guaranteed.