Madonna Stirs the Pot with ‘Dark Ballet’

What kind of music would you make after being one of the world’s biggest pop stars for 40+ years? Madonna has ventured to the highly experimental and politically charged psychoballad, “Dark Ballet.” With elements of Russian ballet, synth pop, and just plain weird crap, Madonna proves she can still be as different and eccentric as womanly possibly.

Hear more about this track, JUMEX, the unheard of BabyJake, and Silversun Pickups in this week’s episode of Southwest X Northeast.

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Music Feature: Jon Bellion

Mix pop music with a few doses of angst. Sprinkle production generously. Stir in some pseudo-rap. You get one of two artists: 21 Pilots or this Long Island Native…

Music Feature: Jon Bellion

Jon Bellion’s Music

I was introduced to Jon Bellion by a therapy client. He was so excited to show me a track, and I could see why. With introspective lyrics, honest rawness, and catchy hooks, Bellion is prime for today’s music market. He was the brain behind Eminem/Rihanna’s “Monster” hook. The music is becoming increasingly relevant.

But is it good?

That really depends on who you are. If you’re over 35, you might as well stop reading right now. His music has a very post-millennial feel to it. It just doesn’t match up to the pre-Imagine Dragons era of White Stripes, Jay-Z, Linkin Park, Coldplay.

If you’re drawn into quick-changing elements, pampered vocals, and wondering why you’re paranoid while getting high, then check out this track:


Jon Bellion is better than 21 Pilots by a negligible degree. I say this because they are pretty similar, but Bellion’s music has a slightly more interesting sound. You can observe this within this track:

Within a 30 second-interval, you hear a multitude of captivating sounds. Take the electronic trumpet-like run at 0:43. It’s refreshing and unique.

Overall, Bellion’s instrumental tracks steal the show. His lyrics are genuine, but lack vivacity. The voice singing the words is fairly forgettable. The production, however, is remarkable. This raises a concluding question about his music. Will it die and fade because of the lack of substance, or grow and thrive with the advent of style?




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