December 1, 2020
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Review: Group blends genres with excellent results

By | Nov 6, 2020

“RAZZMATAZZ” is I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME’s genre-mixing debut album. The album contains strong 80s influences.


Review: Singer-songwriter publishes elegant poetry book

By | Oct 14, 2020

Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey’s newest project is a spoken-word album and poetry book with poems about love and life.


Spotlight on films, TV, books and music by Black creators

The backbone of the Life & Culture section at The Ithacan is pop culture — and, by extension, Black culture that has influenced pop culture.


Review: Versatile sound bewitches rock album

By | Sep 17, 2020

All Them Witches’ album “Nothing as the Ideal” delivers haunting multigenre tracks. Although the music is impressive, the lyrics are forgettable.


Review: Third installment continues series’ charming humor

By | Sep 11, 2020

The third installment in the Bill & Ted saga, “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” is full of feel-good comedy and callbacks to the original movie.


Review: Lady Gaga sets personal struggles to dance music

By | Jun 12, 2020

In her new album “Chromatica”, Lady Gaga sings about facing her struggles with mental and physical health and accepting her flaws.


Review: Kesha returns with playful pop album

By | Feb 12, 2020

Three years after the heartbreaking but liberating album “Rainbow,” Kesha returns to her free–spirited, party girl image in her fourth album, “High Road.” Kesha invites listeners to join her celebration of carefree attitude and love, but she is not afraid to reveal her sensitive side too.


Review: Lana Del Rey offers somber self-reflection in album

By | Sep 8, 2019

Two years after taking a dreary look at Hollywood in “Lust For Life,” Lana Del Rey returns to her nostalgic roots with her sixth and latest record, “Norman F—— Rockwell!” The album cover features a painted blue sky and Del Rey with a male companion, reaching out to the camera, inviting the listener to join her.


Review: Billie Eilish’s record is a spectral dream

By | Apr 7, 2019

Two years after Billie Eilish catapulted onto the indie-alternative scene with her EP “dont smile at me,” the 17-year-old artist released her magnum opus of a debut album: “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?” Eilish explores the positives and negatives of adolescence, love and pain, all with a mix of somber vocals and sharp, electrical beats.  


Review: ‘Bloom’ balances dance beats and biting ballads

By | Sep 9, 2018

In the album, Sivan brings a balance of bouncy bops and heartfelt ballads as well as contrasting techno beats with soft instrumentals.


Review: Soccer Mommy’s debut is angst-ridden and repetitive

By | Mar 6, 2018

While “Clean” contains some ear-catching tracks, it is undistinguished with its overuse of simple, repetitive guitar chords and “hurt-by-love” theme.


Review: Bizarre pop star goes far in ‘Poppy.Computer’

By | Oct 9, 2017

Poppy is more than that girl who makes weird shorts on YouTube — she captivates audiences with her music, just like with her peculiar videos.