Tag Archive: Lorde

This article first appeared at No Ripcord on June 21, 2017.


“We’re King and Queen of the Weekend/Ain’t a pill that could touch our rush/But what will we do when we’re sober?,” Lorde asks towards the start of Sober, among submerged beats and mountainous brass. But Melodrama isn’t strictly about inebriation. It’s about growing up and growing out of love, where the excitement of a relationship fades and what’s left can’t sustain itself. This album explores this segment of adulthood in all its joy, despair, confusion and revelry. And it does it with stunning introspection and musical freshness.

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This article first appeared at No Ripcord on June 9, 2017.


Now six years into its tenure, Governors Ball is a well-oiled machine and is one of the top fests in the country. For New Yorkers, it’s a must-attend event. But it still takes risks and offers surprises that few other showcases pull off. Giving Chance the Rapper a headlining shot? Sure. Having Tool close out three days focused more on pop, indie rock and rap? Why not? But getting to see acts like Lorde, Childish Gambino, Wu-Tang Clan and Air all within 72 hours? That’s an experience that no other festival offered this year.

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