The Swede pop chanteuse's Saturday evening set at the Google+ stage was an "extreme example of the huge bundle of contradictions that is the artistic persona of Lykke Li Zachrisson: vixen and naïf, pop star and eccentric, extroverted performer and self-doubting introvert,"wrote SPIN's Marc Hogan. She banged on cymbals and sang of her unstoppable ascent on "I'm Good, I'm Gone," from her standout 2008 debut albumYouth Novels, then sounded desperate on a cover of Burt Bacharach's "Please Stay." "Desperate to be loved, but equally desperate not to give her love away too cheaply, Lykke Li's immaculate Scandinavian electro-pop may be deep down, about howeverybodyfeels."
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »