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Mason Montano
Hey girls and gays! My name is Mason Montano, and I'm a queer artist and pop music expert. I mainly write reviews of newly released albums, but i also plan on writing informative essays about my interests and passions as well as covering any events that I participate in. I'm here to bring the flavor and the drama, mama!

Mason Montano, Music Editor

Jun 05, 2020
How COVID-19 is affecting the music industry. (Story)
Jun 05, 2020
XYLØ takes you on a tour of her pain with ‘The Ganglands of My Heart’. (Story)
Jun 04, 2020
Tame Impala makes good time with ‘The Slow Rush’. (Story)
Jun 04, 2020
Tennis reflect on their marriage with ‘Swimmer’. (Story)
Jun 03, 2020
Sega Bodega rebukes a toxic relationship with ‘Salvador’. (Story)
Jun 03, 2020
Robinson’s ‘Watching You’ will heal your broken heart. (Story)
Jun 02, 2020
Cailin Russo gets candid with ‘The Drama’. (Story)
Jun 02, 2020
TikTok is full of leaks, and someone needs to patch them up. (Story)
Jun 01, 2020
What does Pride mean to you? (Story/Media)
May 31, 2020
Harley Quinn dismantles the patriarchy with ‘Birds of Prey: The Album’. (Story)
May 31, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: That Kid spills the tea on his upcoming debut mixtape, ‘Crush’. (Story)
May 30, 2020
Catching up with Trixie Mattel: “Yellow Cloud”, ‘Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (The Acoustic Soundtrack)’, and ‘Barbara’. (Story)
May 30, 2020
Jake Germain is the next big thing: A breakdown of his singles era. (Story)
May 29, 2020
La Roux’s ‘Supervision’ is a 21st century masterpiece. (Story)
May 29, 2020
POP 9-1-1: Lady Gaga’s new era begins with “Stupid Love”. (Story)
May 28, 2020
POLIÇA’s ‘When We Stay Alive’ is a captivating mystery. (Story)
May 28, 2020
iyla lets out her frustrations with ‘OTHER WAYS TO VENT’. (Story)
May 27, 2020
Kesha’s ‘High Road’ is “pure, debaucherous joy”. (Story)
May 27, 2020
Meghan Trainor finds true love with ‘TREAT MYSELF’. (Story)
May 25, 2020
Caveboy’s ‘Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark’ is a refreshing 80s throwback. (Story)
May 25, 2020
Sonia Stein analyzes her emotions with ‘See Me Now’. (Story)
May 24, 2020
Navvy makes amends with ‘No Hard Feelings’. (Story)
May 24, 2020
Lola Marsh solidify their friendship with ‘Someday Tomorrow Maybe’. (Story)
May 23, 2020
Halsey shows us the person behind the mask with ‘Manic’. (Story)
May 23, 2020
Amber Liu makes her American debut with ‘X’. (Story)
May 22, 2020
Winona Oak moves on with ‘CLOSURE’. (Story)
May 22, 2020
Selena Gomez returns to music with ‘Rare’. (Story)
May 21, 2020
‘I Disagree’ and the story of Poppy. (Story)
May 21, 2020
RuPaul makes all of us feel like queens with ‘You’re a Winner, Baby’. (Story)
May 20, 2020
Georgia’s ‘Seeking Thrills’ is a synth odyssey. (Story)
May 20, 2020
Echosmith evolve with ‘Lonely Generation’. (Story)
May 19, 2020
Justice for ‘ARTPOP’. (Story)
May 19, 2020
Alexandra Savior breaks free with ‘The Archer’. (Story)
May 18, 2020
That Kid is a star in the making: A breakdown of his debut era. (Story)
May 18, 2020
The top 19 best albums of 2019. (Story/Media)
May 17, 2020
Harry Styles soars to new heights with ‘Fine Line’. (Story)
May 17, 2020
Robokid takes a somber joyride with ‘SPORTSANGEL’. (Story)
May 16, 2020
Camila Cabello’s ‘Romance’ is an ode to the honeymoon phase. (Story)
May 16, 2020
The legacy of PC Music. (Story)
May 15, 2020
Labrinth follows his dreams with ‘Imagination & the Misfit Kid’. (Story)
May 15, 2020
Iggy Azalea claps back… again with ‘Wicked Lips’. (Story)
May 14, 2020
Hannah Diamond exceeds all expectations with ‘Reflections’. (Story)
May 14, 2020
Tinashe bounces back with ‘Songs for You’. (Story)
May 13, 2020
Marcus Connolly’s ‘Digital Dreamland’ is a cybernetic paradise. (Story)
May 13, 2020
Rakky Ripper brings PC Music to Spain with ‘Neptune Diamond’. (Story)
May 12, 2020
LIZ brings Y2K back with ‘Planet Y2K’. (Story)
May 12, 2020
GFOTY trolls us all with ‘GFOTV’. (Story)
May 11, 2020
FKA twigs finds her worth with ‘MAGDALENE’. (Story)
May 11, 2020
Ella Henderson triumphantly returns with ‘Glorious’. (Story)
May 10, 2020
The rise of Mother Monster: Celebrating 10 years of ‘The Fame Monster’. (Story)
May 10, 2020
Doja Cat will make your fantasies come true with ‘Hot Pink’. (Story)
May 09, 2020
Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack. (Story)
May 09, 2020
HANA’s ‘HANADRIEL’ is a sci-fi anime fantasy. (Story)
May 08, 2020
VÉRITÉ lets go of the past with ‘new skin’. (Story)
May 08, 2020
Graveyardguy wakes the dead with ‘Here Lies Graveyardguy’. (Story)
May 07, 2020
King Princess’ ‘Cheap Queen’ is Queer excellence. (Story)
May 07, 2020
Gallant loses sleep over love with ‘Sweet Insomnia’. (Story)
May 06, 2020
Caroline Polachek opens the door to a new chapter with ‘Pang’. (Story)
May 06, 2020
Brooke Candy unleashes her inner freak with ‘SEXORCISM’. (Story)
May 05, 2020
Makeup: Art is for everyone. (Story/Media)
May 05, 2020
Drag: Art knows no gender. (Story/Media)
May 04, 2020
Sharon Needles’ ‘SPOOPY’ is a Halloween jukebox. (Story)
May 04, 2020
BABYMETAL transcends metal into the cosmos with ‘METAL GALAXY’. (Story)
May 03, 2020
Angel Olsen steps into the light to face the darkness with ‘All Mirrors’. (Story)
May 03, 2020
Halloween comes early with Kim Petras’ ‘TURN OFF THE LIGHT’. (Story)
May 02, 2020
Tove Lo takes the power back with ‘Sunshine Kitty’. (Story)
May 02, 2020
AJA and Shilow get in the Halloween spirit with ‘Nail in the Coffin’. (Story)
May 01, 2020
Charli XCX sends us to 2099 with ‘Charli’, but she had to build a time machine first. (Story)
May 01, 2020
Slayyyter parties like it’s 2010 with her self-titled debut mixtape. (Story)
May 01, 2020
POP 9-1-1: Megan Thee Stallion x Beyoncé and Doja Cat x Nicki Minaj save 2020 with the “Savage” and “Say So” remixes. (Story)
Apr 30, 2020
Queerphobia is rampant at Pinole Valley High School, and something must be done! (Story)
Apr 30, 2020
MUNA tackle heartbreak and self-doubt with ‘Saves the World’. (Story)
Apr 29, 2020
Melanie Martinez drags public school with ‘K-12’. (Story)
Apr 29, 2020
Jax Jones serves up some tasty beats with ‘Snacks (Supersize)’. (Story)
Apr 28, 2020
girl in red wraps up her debut era with ‘BEGINNINGS’. (Story)
Apr 28, 2020
Alessia Cara says “goodbye” to summer with ‘This Summer’. (Story)
Apr 27, 2020
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Norman F***ing Rockwell!’ is the next best American record. (Story)
Apr 27, 2020
I went to the future at the Charli Live Tour. (Story)
Apr 26, 2020
Taylor Swift finds peace with ‘Lover’. (Story)
Apr 26, 2020
nostraightanswer’s ‘SYNTECH 0’ is a breath of fresh air. (Story)
Apr 25, 2020
Missy Elliott makes her grand return with ‘ICONOLOGY’. (Story)
Apr 25, 2020
VOCALOID: The sound of the future. (Story)
Apr 24, 2020
Shura’s ‘forevher’ is a work of art. (Story)
Apr 24, 2020
Tori Kelly chronicles her life story with ‘Inspired by True Events’. (Story)
Apr 23, 2020
Mabel excels with ‘High Expectations’. (Story)
Apr 23, 2020
Clairo cleanses the world of all impurities with ‘Immunity’. (Story)
Apr 22, 2020
Kyna Sayo sweeps the competition at PV’s Got Talent. (Story)
Sep 20, 2019
SOPHIE’s ‘OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES NON-STOP REMIX ALBUM’ will take you on a spiritual journey. (Story)
Sep 18, 2019
Iggy Azalea claps back with ‘In My Defense’… or does she? (Story)
Sep 18, 2019
Sabrina Carpenter enters adulthood with ‘Singular’. (Story)
Sep 18, 2019
WILLOW’s self-titled album will set you free. (Story)
Sep 18, 2019
Beyoncé declares her love for Africa with ‘The Lion King: The Gift’. (Story)
Sep 16, 2019
Dorian Electra’s ‘Flamboyant’ will shatter your fragile masculinity. (Story)
Sep 13, 2019
BANKS gains new knowledge with ‘III’. (Story)
Sep 11, 2019
Donatachi’s ‘Taste’ will give you a sugar rush. (Story)
Sep 11, 2019
Mood Killer becomes your virtual obsession with ‘Liquify’. (Story)
Sep 09, 2019
AJA claps back with ‘ALL Caps’. (Story)
Sep 09, 2019
Kim Petras saves pop music with ‘Clarity’. (Story)
Sep 09, 2019
Ingrid Michaelson exposes her nerd card with ‘Stranger Songs’. (Story)
Sep 06, 2019
Gameboi quits the game with ‘Game Over’. (Story)
Sep 06, 2019
Mark Ronson’s ‘Late Night Feelings’ is a melancholic disco. (Story)
Sep 04, 2019
Madonna tells America to “wake up” with ‘Madame X’. (Story)
Sep 02, 2019
Mx. East Bay Drag and mx. retrograde perform at Rise Up Fest!. (Story/Media)
Aug 30, 2019
AURORA evaluates humanity with ‘A Different Kind’. (Story)
Aug 30, 2019
Carlie Hanson showcases her potential with ‘Junk’. (Story)
Aug 28, 2019
French Police get moody with ‘Pedaleo Nocturno’. (Story)
Aug 26, 2019
Pop is NOT a dirty word. (Story)
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