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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
Justice for ‘Bionic’. (Story)
Jun 03, 2020
The Weeknd succumbs to his sorrow with ‘After Hours’. (Story)
Jun 01, 2020
What does Pride mean to you? (Story/Media)
May 29, 2020
Sarah Close holds her own with ‘And Now, We’re Shining’. (Story)
May 27, 2020
Låpsley wades through life with ‘Through Water’. (Story)
May 25, 2020
ieuan purges himself of the past with ‘SWEET BOY’. (Story)
May 22, 2020
Foley get a few things off their chests with ‘On My Conscience’. (Story)
May 20, 2020
Fleur East exudes confidence with ‘FEARLESS’. (Story)
May 18, 2020
Conan Gray narrates his childhood with ‘Kid Krow’. (Story)
May 15, 2020
Adam Lambert goes retro with ‘VELVET’. (Story)
May 13, 2020
Marian Hill heal from trauma with ‘was it not’. (Story)
May 11, 2020
WILLOW and Tyler Cole vent their young adult angst with ‘THE ANXIETY’. (Story)
May 08, 2020
Magdalena Bay deliver the cute bops that we deserve with ‘A Little Rhythm and a Wicked Feeling’. (Story)
May 06, 2020
HARLOE re-enters the spotlight with ‘Rivers Run Dry’. (Story)
May 04, 2020
Big Freedia chases rainbows with ‘Louder’. (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 29, 2020
Planet 1999 send us to the stars with ‘Devotion’. (Story)
Apr 27, 2020
Megan Thee Stallion proves that she’s unstoppable with ‘Shuga’. (Story)
Apr 24, 2020
Caroline Rose’s ‘Superstar’ is a cinematic pop experience. (Story)
Apr 22, 2020
Kyna Sayo sweeps the competition at PV’s Got Talent. (Story)
Apr 20, 2020
Valerie’s ‘First & Foremost’ is a stunning debut record. (Story)
Apr 17, 2020
French Police refine their sound with ‘Haunted Castle’. (Story)
Apr 15, 2020
Christine and the Queens depicts love’s many forms with ‘La vita nuova’. (Story)
Apr 13, 2020
Princess Nokia rants about life’s hardships on ‘Everything Sucks’ before seeing the bright side on ‘Everything is Beautiful’. (Story)
Apr 10, 2020
Revisiting ‘Joanne’. (Story)
Apr 08, 2020
Mija expands her artistry with ‘Desert Trash’. (Story)
Apr 06, 2020
Masuna bears a piece of her heart with ‘Concrete’. (Story)
Apr 03, 2020
Sam Sparro’s ‘Boombox Eternal’ is a funky celebration of love. (Story)
Apr 01, 2020
Orla Gartland contemplates her complicated feelings with ‘Freckle Season’. (Story)
Mar 30, 2020
How COVID-19 is affecting the music industry. (Story)
Mar 27, 2020
Grimes ushers in the apocalypse with ‘Miss Anthropocene’. (Story)
Mar 25, 2020
Banoffee qualifies her success with ‘Look at Us Now Dad’. (Story)
Mar 23, 2020
Allie X explores her personal purgatory with ‘Cape God’. (Story)
Mar 20, 2020
XYLØ takes you on a tour of her pain with ‘The Ganglands of My Heart’. (Story)
Mar 18, 2020
Tennis reflect on their marriage with ‘Swimmer’. (Story)
Mar 16, 2020
Tame Impala makes good time with ‘The Slow Rush’. (Story)
Mar 13, 2020
Sega Bodega rebukes a toxic relationship with ‘Salvador’. (Story)
Mar 11, 2020
TikTok is full of leaks, and someone needs to patch them up. (Story)
Mar 09, 2020
EXCLUSIVE: That Kid spills the tea on his upcoming debut mixtape, ‘Crush’. (Story)
Mar 06, 2020
Robinson’s ‘Watching You’ will heal your broken heart. (Story)
Mar 04, 2020
Cailin Russo gets candid with ‘The Drama’. (Story)
Mar 02, 2020
Jake Germain is the next big thing: A breakdown of his singles era. (Story)
Feb 28, 2020
POP 9-1-1: Lady Gaga’s new era begins with “Stupid Love”. (Story)
Feb 26, 2020
Harley Quinn dismantles the patriarchy with ‘Birds of Prey: The Album’. (Story)
Feb 24, 2020
Catching up with Trixie Mattel: “Yellow Cloud”, ‘Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts (The Acoustic Soundtrack)’, and ‘Barbara’. (Story)
Feb 21, 2020
La Roux’s ‘Supervision’ is a 21st century masterpiece. (Story)
Feb 19, 2020
iyla lets out her frustrations with ‘OTHER WAYS TO VENT’. (Story)
Feb 17, 2020
POLIÇA’s ‘When We Stay Alive’ is a captivating mystery. (Story)
Feb 14, 2020
Meghan Trainor finds true love with ‘TREAT MYSELF’. (Story)
Feb 12, 2020
Kesha’s ‘High Road’ is “pure, debaucherous joy”. (Story)
Feb 10, 2020
Caveboy’s ‘Night in the Park, Kiss in the Dark’ is a refreshing 80s throwback. (Story)
Feb 07, 2020
Sonia Stein analyzes her emotions with ‘See Me Now’. (Story)
Feb 05, 2020
Lola Marsh solidify their friendship with ‘Someday Tomorrow Maybe’. (Story)
Feb 03, 2020
Navvy makes amends with ‘No Hard Feelings’. (Story)
Jan 31, 2020
Halsey shows us the person behind the mask with ‘Manic’. (Story)
Jan 29, 2020
Amber Liu makes her American debut with ‘X’. (Story)
Jan 27, 2020
Winona Oak moves on with ‘CLOSURE’. (Story)
Jan 24, 2020
Selena Gomez returns to music with ‘Rare’. (Story)
Jan 22, 2020
RuPaul makes all of us feel like queens with ‘You’re a Winner, Baby’. (Story)
Jan 20, 2020
‘I Disagree’ and the story of Poppy. (Story)
Jan 17, 2020
Georgia’s ‘Seeking Thrills’ is a synth odyssey. (Story)
Jan 15, 2020
Echosmith evolve with ‘Lonely Generation’. (Story)
Jan 13, 2020
Alexandra Savior breaks free with ‘The Archer’. (Story)
Jan 10, 2020
The legacy of PC Music. (Story)
Jan 08, 2020
Justice for ‘ARTPOP’. (Story)
Jan 06, 2020
The top 19 best albums of 2019. (Story/Media)
Dec 20, 2019
Robokid takes a somber joyride with ‘SPORTSANGEL’. (Story)
Dec 18, 2019
That Kid is a star in the making: A breakdown of his debut era. (Story)
Dec 16, 2019
Harry Styles soars to new heights with ‘Fine Line’. (Story)
Dec 13, 2019
Camila Cabello’s ‘Romance’ is an ode to the honeymoon phase. (Story)
Dec 11, 2019
Iggy Azalea claps back… again with ‘Wicked Lips’. (Story)
Dec 09, 2019
Labrinth follows his dreams with ‘Imagination & the Misfit Kid’. (Story)
Dec 06, 2019
Hannah Diamond exceeds all expectations with ‘Reflections’. (Story)
Dec 04, 2019
Tinashe bounces back with ‘Songs for You’. (Story)
Dec 02, 2019
Rakky Ripper brings PC Music to Spain with ‘Neptune Diamond’. (Story)
Nov 22, 2019
Marcus Connolly’s ‘Digital Dreamland’ is a cybernetic paradise. (Story)
Nov 20, 2019
LIZ brings Y2K back with ‘Planet Y2K’. (Story)
Nov 18, 2019
The rise of Mother Monster: Celebrating 10 years of ‘The Fame Monster’. (Story)
Nov 15, 2019
GFOTY trolls us all with ‘GFOTV’. (Story)
Nov 13, 2019
FKA twigs finds her worth with ‘MAGDALENE’. (Story)
Nov 11, 2019
Ella Henderson triumphantly returns with ‘Glorious’. (Story)
Nov 08, 2019
Doja Cat will make your fantasies come true with ‘Hot Pink’. (Story)
Nov 06, 2019
HANA’s ‘HANADRIEL’ is a sci-fi anime fantasy. (Story)
Nov 04, 2019
Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack. (Story)
Nov 01, 2019
Drag: Art knows no gender. (Story/Media)
Nov 01, 2019
Makeup: Art is for everyone. (Story/Media)
Oct 31, 2019
Graveyardguy wakes the dead with ‘Here Lies Graveyardguy’. (Story)
Oct 28, 2019
King Princess’ ‘Cheap Queen’ is Queer excellence. (Story)
Oct 28, 2019
VÉRITÉ lets go of the past with ‘new skin’. (Story)
Oct 25, 2019
Gallant loses sleep over love with ‘Sweet Insomnia’. (Story)
Oct 25, 2019
Brooke Candy unleashes her inner freak with ‘SEXORCISM’. (Story)
Oct 23, 2019
Caroline Polachek opens the door to a new chapter with ‘Pang’. (Story)
Oct 23, 2019
Sharon Needles’ ‘SPOOPY’ is a Halloween jukebox. (Story)
Oct 21, 2019
Angel Olsen steps into the light to face the darkness with ‘All Mirrors’. (Story)
Oct 21, 2019
BABYMETAL transcend metal into the cosmos with ‘METAL GALAXY’. (Story)
Oct 18, 2019
AJA and Shilow get in the Halloween spirit with ‘Nail in the Coffin’. (Story)
Oct 18, 2019
Halloween comes early with Kim Petras’ ‘TURN OFF THE LIGHT’. (Story)
Oct 16, 2019
Slayyyter parties like it’s 2010 with her self-titled debut mixtape. (Story)
Oct 16, 2019
Tove Lo takes the power back with ‘Sunshine Kitty’. (Story)
Oct 14, 2019
MUNA tackle heartbreak and self-doubt with ‘Saves the World’. (Story)
Oct 14, 2019
Charli XCX sends us to 2099 with ‘Charli’, but she had to build a time machine first. (Story)
Oct 11, 2019
Queerphobia is rampant at Pinole Valley High School, and something must be done! (Story)
Oct 09, 2019
Melanie Martinez drags public school with ‘K-12’. (Story)
Oct 09, 2019
Jax Jones serves up some tasty beats with ‘Snacks (Supersize)’. (Story)
Oct 07, 2019
girl in red wraps up her debut era with ‘BEGINNINGS’. (Story)
Oct 07, 2019
Alessia Cara says “goodbye” to summer with ‘This Summer’. (Story)
Oct 04, 2019
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Norman F***ing Rockwell!’ is the next best American record. (Story)
Oct 04, 2019
I went to the future at the Charli Live Tour. (Story)
Oct 02, 2019
nostraightanswer’s ‘SYNTECH 0’ is a breath of fresh air. (Story)
Oct 02, 2019
Taylor Swift finds peace with ‘Lover’. (Story)
Sep 30, 2019
VOCALOID: The sound of the future. (Story)
Sep 30, 2019
Missy Elliott makes her grand return with ‘ICONOLOGY’. (Story)
Sep 27, 2019
Shura’s ‘forevher’ is a work of art. (Story)
Sep 27, 2019
Tori Kelly chronicles her life story with ‘Inspired by True Events’. (Story)
Sep 25, 2019
Mabel excels with ‘High Expectations’. (Story)
Sep 25, 2019
Clairo cleanses the world of all impurities with ‘Immunity’. (Story)
Sep 23, 2019
WILLOW’s self-titled album will set you free. (Story)
Sep 23, 2019
SOPHIE’s ‘OIL OF EVERY PEARL’S UN-INSIDES NON-STOP REMIX ALBUM’ will take you on a spiritual journey. (Story)
Sep 20, 2019
Iggy Azalea claps back with ‘In My Defense’… or does she? (Story)
Sep 20, 2019
Sabrina Carpenter enters adulthood with ‘Singular’. (Story)
Sep 18, 2019
Dorian Electra’s ‘Flamboyant’ will shatter your fragile masculinity. (Story)
Sep 18, 2019
Beyoncé declares her love for Africa with ‘The Lion King: The Gift’. (Story)
Sep 16, 2019
Mood Killer becomes your virtual obsession with ‘Liquify’. (Story)
Sep 16, 2019
BANKS gains new knowledge with ‘III’. (Story)
Sep 13, 2019
Donatachi’s ‘Taste’ will give you a sugar rush. (Story)
Sep 13, 2019
Kim Petras saves pop music with ‘Clarity’. (Story)
Sep 11, 2019
Ingrid Michaelson exposes her nerd card with ‘Stranger Songs’. (Story)
Sep 11, 2019
AJA claps back with ‘ALL Caps’. (Story)
Sep 09, 2019
Gameboi quits the game with ‘Game Over’. (Story)
Sep 09, 2019
Mark Ronson’s ‘Late Night Feelings’ is a melancholic disco. (Story)
Sep 06, 2019
Madonna tells America to “wake up” with ‘Madame X’. (Story)
Sep 06, 2019
Carlie Hanson showcases her potential with ‘Junk’. (Story)
Sep 04, 2019
AURORA evaluates humanity with ‘A Different Kind’. (Story)
Sep 04, 2019
French Police get moody with ‘Pedaleo Nocturno’. (Story)
Sep 02, 2019
Pop is NOT a dirty word. (Story)
Sep 02, 2019
Mx. East Bay Drag and mx. retrograde perform at Rise Up Fest!. (Story/Media)
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