Kim Petras brings the bubblegum back to pop

On a vaporwave-inspired stage surrounded by pink-washed Roman columns, Kim Petras brought her patent brand of sweet electro-pop to The Sinclair.  This sold out stop of the Broken Tour in Cambridge, Mass., had fans packed wall to wall to see Petras at her first-ever headlining North American tour. The pop starlet’s last stop in Boston was as the support for Troye Sivan’s Bloom Tour in October 2018. It's fitting that, after supporting a tour that totted LGBTQA love and representation, she would return during Pride month.  Kim Petras by Lauren Zaknoun Though her music is sweet, it’s not without it’s edge.  Act II of her setlist boasted several tracks from her Halloween EP, Turn Off the Light, Vol. I. She also showed off some of the tracks off of her upcoming EP, Clarity. Petras has been releasing a single every week in the lead up to her EP's release on Friday, June 27. if Kim Petras' skyrocketing success is...

Billie Eilish talks mental health and music

Billie Eilish doesn't shy away from anything whether it's dark music or mental health. The "bury a friend" singer opened up about mental health in a video PSA with AdCouncil. The organization's new Seize the Awkward initiative encourages people to support friends during challenging times and open a dialogue about mental health. "It doesn't make you weak to ask for help, it doesn't," Billie says in the video. "It doesn't make you weak to ask for a friend, to go to a therapist. It shouldn't make you feel weak to ask for ask anyone for help." She reiterates that although these conversations can be difficult or awkward, they don't have to be. Reaching out to a friend can be as casual as "how are you feeling?" "Say 'are you okay?'" She stresses. "Ask somebody." You can watch the full video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XFd0RLKQWA Screaming for more? Follow us on Instagram, Tumblr & Twitter! ...

Allie X Looks Back While Moving Forward

The name of the game at this year’s Met Gala was “Camp,” an ode to kitsch and all things bizarre. While some celebs missed the mark, Allie X is the queen of all things camp. From nun habits to carefully-crafted alter egos, Allie X is bringing camp back to the pop scene. Allie X is currently on tour with ionnalee supporting her latest release, Super Sunset. The eight song EP details Allie X’s growth as an artist, grappling with her shift from a “rather naïve” creative to somebody who’s “kind of jaded and just really authoritative” during her five year stint in Los Angeles. “I feel like I’ve changed you know?" She told BANSHEE over the phone. "And I’ve watched myself change. I’m also just growing older so that [change] would’ve happened anyway… I mean, I feel like a boss now but I feel like I’ve also lost my innocence, I guess,”...

New music festival debuts in New England

It's hard not to feel jealous of all the states where the summer festivals crop up when you live in the Northeast. Though New York boasts the Governors Ball Music Festival, New England has little more than Boston Calling to keep us going. However, Diplo Presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party is changing all that. Announced on April 8, the two-day festival based in Foxboro, MA boasts headliners Billie Eilish, G-Eazy, Major Lazer, and Miguel. Billie Eilish. Gillette Stadium says the festival will be "a music event unlike anything we’ve ever hosted." https://twitter.com/GilletteStadium/status/1115064255265615872 Diplo Presents The Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party will be held on June 20 and 21. Tickets are on sale now. Screaming for more? Follow us on Instagram, Tumblr & Twitter! ...

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Halsey shreds G-Eazy on SNL performance

After a week of hype, Halsey delivered a Saturday Night Live performance to remember. Pulling double-duty as host and performer, Halsey roasted her ex-boyfriend, rapper G-Eazy with her moving but scathing performance of "Without Me." Halsey dropped "Without Me" last October after the two briefly tried to rekindle their romance. They ended their whirlwind relationship amidst rumors of cheating. Halsey even took some not very thinly veiled shots of her own in the aftermath. pumpkin eater.— h (@halsey) July 4, 2018 In spite of the heartache, "Without Me" has become Halsey's first No. 1 track as a solo artist, setting up her upcoming album to be her biggest yet. From getting drenched in rainfall at the MTV EMAs to her charged and poignant wlw-inspired performance the The Voice, every live performance has given the song a fresh look from a different angle. However, her SNL performance went for the kill. Halsey took a softer...

Ariana Grande accused of brown face, appropriating black culture

The internet flipped when Ariana Grande released her much-hyped “7 Rings” video, a bop about basking in obscene wealth and looking good while doing it. The internet flipped yet again when rapper Princess Nokia accused Grande of ripping off her song. However, the outrage wasn’t for quite the right reason. It all started with hair. The lyrics in question are Grande’s “You like my hair? / Gee, thanks, just bought it!” Princess Nokia compares it to “Beauty shop supply cashier ringing up them numbers / Rock my many styles then go natural for the summer / Hair blowing in the hummer / Flip the weave, I am a stunner / It's mine, I bought it.” You don’t have to strain to see the similarities. Princess Nokia isn’t impressed either. In the now-deleted video, she says, “Ain’t that a little song I made about brown women and their hair? Sounds about white.” The video...

Lady Gaga has a Predator Problem

The first time I had to confront Lady Gaga’s fraught history with famous predators was years in the discount aisle of Barnes & Noble. There’s nothing like it—beautiful, glossy coffee table books for $5, high-quality art books cheaper than the coffee over at the attached Starbucks. On this particular trip, I happened to come across a 360-page behemoth of a photo book chronicling Lady Gaga’s Fame Monster and Born This Way eras. As a lifelong Gaga fan, I was enamored. The trouble is this: the photos were shot by Terry Richardson. As it happens, the book was titled Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson. I didn’t notice Richardson’s name tailing Lady Gaga’s on the spine of the book at the time because the cover bares no title, just a shot of Gaga with her blonde hair slicked back, sporting chunky shades and a black leather jacket, her name studded in rhinestones. In case you missed...

CONCERT: Troye Sivan celebrates gay love on Bloom Tour

Flowers, pride flags, and a unique sense of unity is the scene that was set for the Boston stop of Troye Sivan's Bloom Tour. Longtime fans of Sivan know and recognize Boston as a city of traditions, many of which were revisited on the evening of Oct. 12. Featuring pop comet Kim Petras and longtime collaborator Leland, the Bloom Tour has proven to be a celebration of queerness in every capacity. Every performer is a star in their own right with so much to offer LGBTQ fans who've never had as much music to be excited about as they do in 2018. Leland, after working with Sivan on both of his albums as well as a host of talent ranging from Selena Gomez to RuPaul's Drag Race, has seen his star rise rapidly within the last year. After working in a more behind-the-scenes capacity for some time, his own name has been rising...

REVIEW: Kim Petras gets creepy with Halloween mixtape

Just as Halloween season begins at the stroke of midnight on October 1, Kim Petras switched from pop princess to Halloween queen. After teasing something new on Instagram with a slew of undead-looking portraits by the inimitable Lucas David, Petras released Turn Off the Light, Vo1. 1 on Oct. 1, giving you not one but eight new tracks to freshen up your stale (admit it) Halloween playlists which no doubt kick off with "Thriller," "Monster Mash," and the Ghostbusters theme song. In that order. [caption id="attachment_51310" align="aligncenter" width="457"] kim petras by lucas david[/caption] Citing Britney Speaks and Freddy Mercury as some of her inspirations for this project, the mixtape reveals a new side of Petras who up until now made her  mark with hyper-catchy electropop and neon aesthetics. In Turn Off the Light, Petras sees herself through the lens of an "evil" Kim, the Hyde to her Jekyll, sexier and darker than her past work. "Close...