“Papa Don’t Preach” Speaks to the Complexity of the Father-Daughter Relationship

Quite possibly more than any other piece of pop culture, musically speaking, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” speaks to just how intense and often contentious the father-daughter relationship can be. Based on an actual conversation between a group of high school girls that songwriter Brian Elliot heard outside his studio in …

Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar” Video Channels Lameness In Its Shock Value

Selena Gomez has probably “shocked” more expertly with other music videos of hers in the past, like the Alek Keshishian-directed “Hands to Myself” or even the obsequious “Good For You.” Her latest single, “Bad Liar”–supposedly about The Weeknd, who seems far closer to Lana Del Rey these days–seems to be …

2D’s Brain on Drugs Showcased in “Sleeping Powder” Video

2D may have been kidnapped into Gorillaz, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t liable to break out on his own musical stylings upon occasion–a new song called “Sleeping Powder” being the prime example. Ribbing off the “your brain on drugs” commercial from the 90s that Rachael Leigh Cook recently felt …

Strip Away the Irony & Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” is The Perfect Ho Summer Anthem

Every summer has its anthem, and regardless of your opinions on Katy Perry (especially if you’re a Britney Spears fan), her latest single, “Bon Appétit” is shaping up to be the only contender thus far–unless you’re the more maudlin “Malibu” sort. While Perry is continuing down her shallow purposeful pop …

Miley Cyrus’ Latest, “Malibu”: Hole It Is Not & May Secretly Be a Love Letter to That Collie She’s Running Around With in the Video

If anyone is going to lay claim to the title “Malibu” for a song, it’s still going to be Hole, who released the song from Celebrity Skin in 1999 in late December (an appropriate doom and gloom time for the moodiness of the song and its ironic tone). Where Hole’s …

Seeking A “Real High,” Nite Jewel Takes Us on an Ambient, Trippy Journey in Latest Video

Ramona Gonzalez a.k.a. Nite Jewel has been rather prolific of late, following up 2016’s Liquid Cool with her upcoming fourth album, Real High. The eponymous first single and video from it finds Nite Jewel employing her usual brand of surrealism, with video editing that essentially updates those 90s school pictures …

Kendrick Lamar Appears to Be Taking Aim at Kanye West, Most of the Rap Industry in “Humble” Video

As Kendrick Lamar fever continues to escalate in the wake of the release of his first single, “The Heart Part 4,” from his first forthcoming album in two years, a second track, “Humble,” has only added fuel to the fire. Regardless of whether the record comes out at the hinted …

A Talking Pizza & A Commentary on Decay Amid Gentrification Among Some of the Standouts of the “Saturnz Barz” Video From Gorillaz

Picking up in a similar vein as where the video for “Hallelujah Money” featuring Benjamin Clementine left off, “Saturnz Barz” keeps the tone of Gorillaz’s forthcoming album, Humanz, political. Directed by animator and co-Gorillaz creator Jamie Hewlett, the video begins with an iPad inside a gigantic room featuring voyeuristic footage …