“Praying”: The Return of Kesha

by Nick Wilmer  Four years since the release of her last effort, the EP Deconstructed, Kesha has finally returned with new music. "Praying", a piano laced, rock inspired ballad, takes the singer-songwriter into a new direction. Its lyrics, which speak of searching for a sign from God to keep living, are the most powerful from any…

Harry Styles’ New Direction

by Nick Wilmer After five years as a member of the phenomenon that is One Direction, Harry Styles released his highly anticipated debut solo album, Harry Styles, on May 12. The lead single, "Sign of the Times", shocked audiences around the globe. Who would have expected one of the decade's biggest pop acts release a glam-rock inspired ballad,…

Last Week in Mainstream

by Nick Wilmer On Monday, Billboard announced the nominees of their 24th annual Billboard Music Awards. Drake leads with 22 nods, followed by Twenty One Pilots with 17, Rihanna with 14, The Weeknd with 13, and Beyoncé with 8. The show will air on May 21 on ABC. Tuesday brought two shocking announcements, with Kendrick…

This Week in Mainstream 

by Nick Wilmer  Last Sunday, the family of Christina Grimmie, a singer-songwriter and contestant on The Voice who was tragically murdered last summer, released an animated music video to "Invisible", the lead single from Grimmie's upcoming posthumous album. The video was a beautiful tribute to Grimmie, as it depicted her as a super hero. Taken from…

Lady Gaga Soars at the Super Bowl LI Halftime Show

by Nick Wilmer While the Patriots and Falcons took an intermission during the Pepsi-sponsored NFL championship game, millions watched as Lady Gaga took the stage for the biggest performance of her career yet. After months of media outlets speculating potential candidates for the Halftime Show, including Adele, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, Gaga officially…

Tegan and Sara Launch Foundation for LGBTQ Women and Girls 

             Pop music duo Tegan and Sara have broken barriers and expectations throughout their nearly 20 year long career, especially for LGBTQ artists and women in music. They credit much of their success to their fans in said communities. Now, the Grammy®-nominated group have decided to give back.            On December 19, they announced the launch of…

A CHAT WITH INSTUPENDO

by Nick Wilmer While searching for new music to listen to, the track "Wonderland" by Milo THECITY came on shuffle. I was shocked not only by Instupendo's mesmerizing production on the track, but at how much underground success he has had at such a young age. This is Decaf Magazine's interview with Philly's "prince of smooth", Aidan Peterson, a.k.a. Instupendo.…