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My ideal tracklisting for the cancelled Mutya Keisha Siobhan album

I could wax poetic about one of my favorite UK girlbands and the drama they went through over the years. But I won’t. There are mounds of articles that do that all for me. The three founding members of Sugababes – Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan, and Siobhán Donaghy – released their comeback single in 2013 as the newly christened Mutya Keisha Siobhan to great fanfare. Right around the release, I kept reading these uplifting articles, bucking for these girls to do it right this time around. “Flatline” is a slice of pop perfection that still plays well today and will continue to do so. It’s catchy, smooth, and really embraces their harmonies. Check it out below: I’ve been following and supporting these girls since I first heard their record. I’ve bought both Shiv and Muts’ solo albums. I was BEYOND psyched when they got over their differences and decided to…

Janelle Monáe (The Pearl Theater)

So, it’s your girl, hitting you off with something new. I was kind of waffling back and forth about how I wanted to grow this portfolio. I scrubbed most of the irrelevant junk so there’s probably a lot of dead links out there in the world, oops. On the outside, it looks like I have it all. But the fact is, I don’t. I’m left of center, and in the words of Miss Monáe, it’s right where I belong. I’m a dirty computer. And that’s okay. Speaking of which, this is my long overdue review of her show at the Pearl Theater at the Palms last week. I was unsure if I would even make it because midweek shows are harsh on someone who has to work the next day. But Vegas got the short end of the stick, tour date-wise, so I made do. The setlist: Dirty Computer Crazy,…

Spice Up Your Life

If you’ve been living under a rock, the Spice Girls have reunited! Well, at first, they were saying it was just about bringing girl power back, because Lord knows we need it. Now, they’re saying they’re either releasing new music, or touring their greatest hits. Or both. I, for one, am excited beyond measure. I missed their last reunion tour, and Heaven help me, I refuse to miss it this time around. If it’s true. To celebrate, I built up a playlist of my favorite Spice Girls songs. Click the album titles to purchase from Amazon. Wannabe, from Spice: obviously. Say You’ll Be There, from Spice: this was a tune when I heard back in the day. It still plays well today. And that video? Classic! If You Can’t Dance, from Spice: the Digital Underground sample was insane to me! And the rapping in Spanish by Geri “Ginger Spice” was…

Trouble in Paradise by La Roux

Tuneful Tuesdays are my chance to gush about music in the form of concert reviews, mixtapes, and recommendations. This is La Roux’s sophomore album, released a little over 3 years ago, last month. I was prepping for grad school, and was starved for new La Roux music. I had kept up with the trials and tribulations that Elly and Ben had suffered through to get this album made, and knew it would be worth the wait. However, their problems became indicative of every band with a popular début: egregious display of the inevitable sophomore slump. But Trouble in Paradise shows no slump at all. It’s solid, through and through. Compared to their self-titled, I prefer the laid back, breezy, sexy vibe that Elly was shooting for with this LP. I think she nailed it. It’s the perfect summer record. When you listen during the colder months, it’ll put you in…

Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey featuring the Weeknd

I’m not a total stan for Lana but I have always enjoyed her aesthetic. I have to be in a certain mood for her. Artistically, I completely get her. I love that loaded glittery American dream of Hollywood, femininity, sex, money and power. Sonically, Born to Die is a fantastic piece of pop art. She made a thematic artistic statement and stuck to it. It felt like a concept album, which is unusual for debut albums. It was so left field from what was out there in 2012. “West Coast” was such a great first single from Ultraviolence , but I wasn’t a big fan of that era. Talk about left field. And I love the Black Keys! Honeymoon felt like a natural progression from Born to Die, and I think that was the point. But I am LIVING for this Lust for Life era. “Love” was mad decent and…

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