Music

Mary J. Blige Survives Divorce with the “Strength of a Woman”

Mary J. Blige Strength of a Woman (Capitol Records) The legendary R&B diva returns with her 13th studio album, which chronicles her recent divorce from her longtime manager...

Beth Ditto: Fake Sugar

Beth Ditto Fake Sugar (Virgin Records) The former lead singer of beloved indie band The Gossip effortlessly combines pop, rock, funk and blues on her debut full-length solo...

Punk, Pop and Dance: All Roads Meet In Blondie’s Pollinator

Blondie Pollinator (BMG) These punk pioneers return with a fresh collection of romantic infectious melodies on their 11th studio album. The set was recorded on their home turf at...

New Depeche Mode Album Lives Up to Its Title: Spirit

Depeche Mode Spirit(Columbia Records) One of the most influential and beloved electronic pop acts of the genre returns with their fourteenth studio album from an unparalleled...

Prince’s Reign Begins Anew With 30th Anniversary Purple Rain

At the time of his death last year, Prince was working on an ambitious re-imagining of his best known and most beloved work, the soundtrack to Purple Rain. Next month, the...

Michelle Branches Out: Is There Life after Love?

During the early 2000s, Michelle Branch was inescapable: her major label debut The Spirit Room spawned ubiquitous hits like “Everywhere” and “Goodbye to You,”and she won a...

John O’Hurley Is the Genuine Article at Café Carlyle

I took in a show that has me wondering whether imitation is in fact the most sincere form of flattery. Certain performers present such a unique combination of voice, affect and...

Nelly Furtado Spreads Her Wings . . . Again

Inspired heavily by early ‘90s R&B slow jams, the Canadian singer/songwriter’s new album is by turns sensual, confident and uplifting....

Sister Is Doing It for Herself: The Return of Solange

Beyonce’s little sister steps into her own on this attention grabbing, socially-conscious release....

Robbie Williams Returns with a Little Help from His Friends

On his strongest release to date, the veteran British performer collaborates with a wide range of unexpected special guests....

Idina Menzel Lets It Go with a Powerful Personal Statement

From the Tony Award-winning diva who ascended to new heights of superstardom thanks to a certain ubiquitous song from Frozen comes this personal, introspective, powerful release....