Flo Milli "Ho Why Is You Here?" Review, PopMatters (2020)
That Kid, "Crush" Review - PopMatters (2020)
"Walk of Shame: Pride and Paradox" Twink Revolution (2020)
"Future Nostalgia is the stuff of timeless radio gold and decade-plus careers, the sort of album that shifts the Overton window and makes pop music popular again."
A weekly column about sex, alcohol, and undergrad.
"Lanza's become a master of negative space-- a producer who can wring far more from a prolonged moment of stillness than from unleashing fireworks."
Jessy Lanza, "All the Time" Review - PopMatters (2020)
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"All Fags Go to Heaven" Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (2019)
"Ironically, you may wind up wishing that Grimes' vision of a scorched Earth was a bit more, well, fun."
Pride isn't about sex, or un-sexy "queer liberation." It's about humiliation.
Slayyyter "Slayyyter" Review, PopMatters (2019)
"High Road is an unrepentant endurance test of the listener's cringe response."
"Like it or not, three things are certain: we are born, we will die, and Teenage Dream is a perfect album."
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Katy Perry "Teenage Dream" 10-Year Retrospective, PopMatters (2020)
On body dysmorphia, panic, and dancing like everybody is watching.
On phone sex, intimacy issues, and "faking it."
Grimes "Miss Anthropocene" Review, Pop Matters (2020)
"Baggage" Red Shoes Review, (2018)
"Dismantling the Empathy Machine: Cultural Liberalism and Its Failures" - Illinois Wesleyan University MUSE Conference, (2020)
On power, trauma, and Jerry Springer.
"If Witness was overdetermined, Smile is an earnest exhale, for better or for worse."
Katy Perry "Smile" Review, PopMatters (2020)
"The idea that a female rap project is a failure for being one-note-- especially when that note is confident and sexy-- ruins what this project has to offer: fun in its purest form."
Dua Lipa, "Future Nostalgia" Review - PopMatters (2020)
On the various mysteries and fluids of love.
Can't Keep a Good Hollaback Girl Down: The 15th Anniversary of Love, Angel Music Baby, PopMatters (2020)
Kesha "High Road" Review, PopMatters (2020)
"Slayyyter positions herself as pop music's first great spiritual medium- resurrecting the damned pop sounds of yore, back with a vengeance."
"Sexorcism is a filthy party record that relishes in its niche appeal, even if its comfort in discomfort makes certain songs practically unlistenable."
"This was the beginning of something: pop that hollers back, pop that trudges forth."
"Crush considers things that just happened worthy of nostalgic revisiting. It revels in being too online-- specifically the sexed-up, psychotic corner of gay Twitter."
"The uptick in identity politics ideology in pop culture is a direct result of the liberal abandonment of leftist goals for material protection-- that popular media has become the only place where a liberated future is being vouched for."
"The Way He Moves" TeenInk (2015)
Brooke Candy, "Sexorcism" Review - PopMatters (2019)
"Close Call" Hello Mr Magazine, Issue 08 (2017)