On Prodigy and His Infamous Life

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | May 4th, 2011
Men lie, women lie, and money allows you to lie even easier, but poverty doesn’t lie. And Mobb Deep represents poverty. My plan was to literally rage against the ...

Becoming Katy B

How a round-the-way girl transformed into crown princess of the dance floor
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | April 20th, 2011
A little over one year ago, Katy B was a slight mystery. In Spring of 2010, the London songbird began popping up as the guest vocalist on tracks by producers orbiting Rinse ...

Their Blacks Crackle and Drag

Lykke Li, Ace of Base, Little Dragon, and other Swedish pop swathed in darkness
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | February 23rd, 2011
In pouty Swedish vocalist Lykke Li’s latest video for “I Follow Rivers,” a hirsute man wanders determinedly across a barren plain, half-desert, half-tundra. Li, shrouded ...

The Long Shadow of Kate Bush

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | January 26th, 2011
Though not quite as elusive as Sade, the god Kate Bush is something like a unicorn in the music world. Breaks between her albums have felt like eons for megafans — four ...