Film Review: Pariah

Authentic. If there’s a single word that accurately describes Pariah, the first film from writer/director Dee Rees, it’s authentic. Pariah, which is based in part on Rees’ own experiences coming out, tells the story of Alike (pronounced “ah-lee-kay”), a 17-year-old girl in Brooklyn quietly coming to terms with her sexuality while trying to keep it a secret… Read More Film Review: Pariah

Review: ‘R∆’ by Simon Curtis

Indie dance-pop artist Simon Curtis became an Internet sensation last year when he released his debut album, 8Bit Heart, for free through his website. The album’s success brought Curtis buzz everywhere from pop-focused websites to Billboard. R∆, which derives its name from Curtis’ fanbase, the “Robot Army,” builds on the heavy electronic brand of dance music… Read More Review: ‘R∆’ by Simon Curtis

Review: ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga

It’s difficult enough to follow up a promising debut album, whether it’s commercially or critically successful. When the debut album in question is not only critically and commercially successful, but was one of the biggest-selling albums of the year for the past two years, the pressure to follow through with a successful follow-up is unquestionably… Read More Review: ‘Born This Way’ by Lady Gaga

Review: ‘Femme Fatale’ by Britney Spears

More than a decade into the career of Britney Spears, any expectations for artistic growth should be thrown aside. It’s clear that, unlike her pop diva predecessors Madonna and Janet Jackson, any attempts at lyrical profundity are ignored. With that in mind, Femme Fatale, the seventh studio album from Spears, should be viewed in the… Read More Review: ‘Femme Fatale’ by Britney Spears

Review: ‘Human (EP)’ by Darren Criss

Actor/singer Darren Criss recently propelled into the spotlight with an acclaimed turn as Blaine on Fox’s hit series Glee, boosted by a show-stealing cover of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” On Human, an EP released by the singer earlier this year, the singer presents a selection of self-penned songs. The quality of the album is low-key… Read More Review: ‘Human (EP)’ by Darren Criss