Charli XCX + SOPHIE: Vroom Vroom

Singer-songwriter Charli XCX and divergent sound designer SOPHIE—each compelling in their own unique brand of pop—bring out the best in each other in the four-track EP Vroom Vroom, one that provokes all of the senses and hits listeners like a steamroller. The title song “Vroom Vroom” gets the music video treatment, and through a mostly black-and-white lenses, it shines and sweats and glares and squeaks …

Holy Ghost!: Dumb Disco Ideas

A look back at Ray Manzarek, Digable Planets' reissue, "Dumb Disco Ideas" and more in our weekly music recap

Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel, the duo behind Holy Ghost!, released a banger of a song that’s sure to be a summer party anthem with “Dumb Disco Ideas”—contrary to the title. Perhaps they had an inkling it would become a Brooklyn rooftop staple when they teamed up with frequent collaborator Ben Fries to make the video, which forgoes the twosome in favor of an NYC …

Charli XCX: I Want It That Way

A look back at Ray Manzarek, Digable Planets' reissue, "Dumb Disco Ideas" and more in our weekly music recap

British pop singer Charli XCX made her mark both writing and featuring on the uncontrollably catchy Icona Pop hit “I Love It,” but she is undoubtedly a successful solo artist, opening up for Santigold and Coldplay in 2012. Last week she touched down in Chicago, where a fan captured her performing at the Boys Town record shop Borderline Music. Whether a nod to its gay-friendly …