Ichiko Aoba’s greatest strength is her ability to create pockets of privacy. The Japanese singer-songwriter’s panting voice and placid guitar playing, often the only sounds you hear on her records, create a mesmerizing shroud that makes you feel like she’s playing to yourself. Aoba has been building a clientele inRead More →

Click to enlarge Known crown bearers: Billie Eilish (left) and Lorde What is a failure for a pop star these days? The music industry is built so lopsided that the biggest names are essentially too big to fail. Even if audiences don’t demand an artist’s current batch of tracks, they’llRead More →

Adèle’s new album “30” is almost here! The singer’s highly anticipated fourth studio album arrives Friday – six years after her last album, “25” of 2015. In the weeks leading up to the album’s release, Adele caused a stir with fans, first releasing the song “Easy on Me”, dropping theRead More →