Ellie Goulding

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Between Heaven and Hell: Ariana Grande and My Everything

    Ariana Grande is in purgatory. That's the major takeaway from her endlessly listenable sophomore album, My Everything, which, for all its hits (I count at least two more potential radio cuts after the trio of "Problem," "Break Free," and "Bang Bang") still finds the 21 year old without a firm identi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Banks - Irving Plaza - 6/4/14

    Better Than: Seeing teenage girls going batshit for Imagine Dragons. "Eighteen months ago, I was making songs in my bedroom," a clearly overwhelmed Banks said to an overstuffed and overamped Irving Plaza on Wednesday night. She's probably as perplexed as anyone as to how she got there. See also: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Betty Who - Webster Hall - 4/18

    Better Than: Any Who or Guess Who concert in the past 30 years. "Three months ago, I literally did not know what I was doing," Betty Who confided in one of many girlfriendly asides during her headlining set at the Bowery Ballroom Saturday night. What a difference three months can make. A viral vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Ed Sheeran Goes Full John Mayer on SNL

    First things first: Ed Sheeran's Saturday Night Live portrait makes him look like Hobbit Spice and it's impossible to quit staring at it. Secondly, it's exciting for an artist of Sheeran's stature to use the SNL stage to premiere new material instead of dropping it via YouTube or Twitter or whicheve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 3/10/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Five EDM Tracks We'll Be Raging to In 2013

    By Cory Garcia Like any other genre, EDM has its canon classics, songs that always get a dance floor moving. Benny Benassi's "Satisfaction," for example, turns 10 in 2013, and DJs still throw it on because people still love it a decade later. There was a lot to love in EDM in 2012, but it would be ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 10, 2012

    Dancehall Queen

    Ellie Goulding celebrates 
a new album

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    100 & Single: fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, And The Era Of The Snowball Smash

    If you're a pop fan, I'm going to guess you like at least one of the last three No. 1 songs in America. In many ways, 2012 has been an entertaining year for discriminating chart-watchers, as a slew of left-field singles have made strides on Billboard's Hot 100. I've met people who love fun.'s "We A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Oddsmaking: Will Adele Go "Rolling" Over Her Song Of The Year Competition?

    The Grammys have a determinedly behind-the-times history, and Song of the Year is one of the ceremony's most reliably old-fashioned categories. It's given to the songwriter—even though what constitutes a "song" today is a lot different than when the Grammys began in 1959, back when sheet music ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2011

    Live-Blogging The 2011 American Music Awards: We Could Have Had It All (But Then Adele Had To Go Have A Vocal Cord Hemorrhage)

    Welcome to Sound of the City's liveblog of the 2011 American Music Awards, the annual salute to the most popular popular music that exists in the American wild this year. While Lady Gaga and Adele and Beyoncé are absent, this year's show apparently has one performance that will cost $500,000 to pul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Stressed-Out Hamptons Puppies May Get Valium, Earmuffs

    via​This Reuters headline really says it all: "Pampered pooches may pop Valium to cope with N.Y. rock festival." Did you get that? We'll expound. East Hampton is playing host to the "Music to Know Festival" August 13 and 14. The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is located on the same patch o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Madeon Gets Hands-On With 39 Pop Songs

    ​ Just when mashups seemed a horse corpse well flogged by the likes of Glee and Girl Talk, the prodigal son of Discovery-era Daft Punk and the very best of Dr. Luke's blockbuster pop comes along to breathe life into the genre. The 17-year-old wunderkind known as Madeon (he's based in Nantes, F ... More >>