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Canarsie Brooklyn Still Remembers Pop Smoke

Only one train goes to Canarsie. Private houses with driveways and backyards line most blocks in the remote Brooklyn neighborhood, nestled in the southeast corner of the borough, overlooking the waters of Jamaica Bay. Late 20th-century white flight turned this 19th-century suburban getaway into a predominantly West Indian lower-middle-class neighborhood. Perceptively “boujee-er” than New York’s average hood, by the 2010’s Canarsie got its nickname the “Flossy” or “the Floss” for its residents’ reputation of being…

Artificial intelligence: A celebrity dies, and new biographies pop up overnight. The author? AI

After Joseph Lelyveld, a former executive editor of The New York Times, died last month, his brother Michael Lelyveld went online to see how he was being remembered. He found obituaries in major news outlets, as expected. But he also found other, unexpected portraits of his brother.At least half a dozen biographies were published on Amazon in the days immediately following Lelyveld's death. Several of them were available for purchase on the very day he died. The books, he said, described his brother as a chain smoker,…

One to watch: Bingo Fury | Pop and rock

Bingo Fury’s music is ruled by chance moments, as likely to feature the sound of breaking glass as a chord sequence. Taking cues from Captain Beefheart and Laurie Anderson, the 24-year-old Bristolian, real name Jack Ogborne, creates noir ballads characterised by their dissonance, his guttural baritone underscoring experimental orchestration and fragmented noise. There are competing horn sections, scrambled piano interludes, moments of static and droll lyrics. “This is a new kind of pain before you cross-stitch my soul,”…

Kim Petras review – gothic chaos meets pop fantasy in a queer Eras tour | Kim Petras

It should be surprising to hear Kim Petras’s worldwide No 1 Unholy only a few songs into her set tonight, but it speaks to the German-born, LA-based pop star’s particular brand of stardom. Her 2022 hit with Sam Smith may have brought her mainstream success – and made her the first out trans artist to win in a major category at the Grammys – but her dedicated, largely queer fanbase have been eating up her bratty dance-pop since her debut in 2017. Put plainly, there aren’t many casuals waiting to hear the hits…

New Music, Indie Pop, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Japanese Lyrics

The second half of 2022 was full of change for Mei Semones. The musician had just moved to a new city, New York. She was falling in love as she began a new relationship while also ending a close friendship, and she was adjusting to the unglamorous realities of adulthood after having graduated from Berklee College of Music that spring.  “It was a transition period of my life,” says Semones, who struggled to find time for creativity now that she had a full-time job at a Japanese preschool. “I was trying to work on…

Kim Petras Drops ‘Slut Pop Miami’ EP: Listen

Meet Slut Pop‘s new sibling: Slut Pop Miami. On Valentine’s Day, Kim Petras released the follow-up EP to her 2022 Slut Pop, with equally-slutty and even-sexier songs from the original project. The project — which a press release said was “inspired by hedonistic trips to Miami” — encompasses 12 tracks including the aptly named “Slut Pop Reprise,” “Banana Boat,” and “Head Head Honcho.” Petras teased the EP last week with a video of herself on the beach, where she removes a pink top to show her in a…

Jojo Siwa’s XOMG Pop! Put Dancers Through Alleged Physical, Mental Torment

L eigha Sanderson always wanted to dance, but it was never going to be easy for her. Sanderson, 16, was born with spina bifida, a congenital birth defect in which the spinal cord fails to form properly. She spent her early years in and out of the hospital, undergoing dozens of surgeries; she still regularly struggles with pain and bladder infections, and since she was five, has used a catheter to go to the bathroom. “The school nurse was my best friend growing up,” she says.  Around 2013, when Sanderson…

Shreya Ghoshal review – masterful Indian singer has a voice like billowing silk | Pop and rock

Tipsy uncles swaying their arms, adverts for a local cash and carry, a child dozing on her mum’s lap: sold-out arena shows rarely feel intimate, but in Wembley, a masterful Shreya Ghoshal induces communal revelry.Ghoshal is one of India’s most successful contemporary playback singers (the vocalists dubbed over actors in film musicals). Emerging in 2000, then the 16-year-old winner of a TV talent show, her transfixing voice – capable of being sweet and delicate as well as altogether more formidable – has become a dominant…

Super Bowl 2024: Jennifer Lopez is horrified as Ben Affleck attempts pop stardom

For Dunkin`s commercial during the Super Bowl 2024, actor Affleck attempts to become a popstar like his wife Jennifer Lopez. He along with his A-list crew put up an act in front of a horrified JLo. No sooner did he and the unwilling crew perform the song titled `Don’t Dunk Away at My Heart`, Lopez destroyed their dream. The Super Bowl 2024 ad opens with Jack Harlow asking Affleck, sitting in the car, "Are you sure you want to do this?” In response, Affleck tells him, “Last year, came to my work,…

Helado Negro: Phasor review – undimmable warmth | Pop and rock

American sound artist Helado Negro (born Roberto Carlos Lange) is a songwriter, beatmaker and producer whose work quivers with the giddy joy of invention. His best work is 2019’s This Is How You Smile, an astonishing, inimitable collection of indie folk, horizontal dance and chillwave with a Latinx edge, wandering free of structure and genre. Endlessly slippery but always engaging, like hearing Arthur Russell play a MacBook instead of a cello.Lange’s Phasor era began with a visit to a synthesiser in Illinois that…