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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

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 ode to the 80s. (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 us all 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 redefine their sound with ‘Lonely Generation’. (Story)
Jan 13, 2020
Alexandra Savior breaks free with ‘The Archer’. (Story)
Jan 09, 2020
Justice for ‘ARTPOP’. (Story)
Jan 07, 2020
Calling all kings, queens, and everyone in between — ‘Mx. East Bay Drag Race Season 3’ is coming! (Story)
Dec 20, 2019
The Top 19 Best Albums of 2019. (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 16, 2019
Robokid takes a somber joyride with ‘SPORTSANGEL’. (Story)
Dec 13, 2019
The Legacy of PC Music. (Story)
Dec 11, 2019
Camila Cabello’s ‘Romance’ is an ode to the honeymoon phase. (Story)
Dec 09, 2019
Iggy Azalea claps back… again with ‘Wicked Lips’. (Story)
Dec 06, 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
LIZ brings Y2K back with ‘Planet Y2K’. (Story)
Dec 02, 2019
Marcus Connolly’s ‘Digital Dreamland’ is a cybernetic paradise. (Story)
Dec 02, 2019
Rakky Ripper brings PC pop to Spain with ‘Neptune Diamond’. (Story)
Nov 22, 2019
GFOTY trolls us all with ‘GFOTV’. (Story)
Nov 20, 2019
FKA twigs finds her worth with ‘MAGDALENE’. (Story)
Nov 20, 2019
Ella Henderson triumphantly returns with ‘Glorious’. (Story)
Nov 18, 2019
Mother Monster is Born: Celebrating 10 Years of ‘The Fame Monster’. (Story)
Nov 15, 2019
Doja Cat will make your fantasies come true with ‘Hot Pink’. (Story)
Nov 13, 2019
HANA’s ‘HANADRIEL’ is an anime sci-fi fantasy. (Story)
Nov 11, 2019
Ariana Grande and her collaborators fight against the patriarchy with the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ soundtrack. (Story)
Nov 08, 2019
Graveyardguy wakes the dead with ‘Here Lies Graveyardguy’. (Story)
Nov 01, 2019
Drag: Art knows no gender. (Story/Media)
Nov 01, 2019
Makeup: Art is for everyone. (Story/Media)
Nov 06, 2019
Gallant loses sleep over love with ‘Sweet Insomnia’. (Story)
Nov 06, 2019
King Princess’ ‘Cheap Queen’ is Queer excellence. (Story)
Nov 06, 2019
Brooke Candy unleashes her inner freak with ‘SEXORCISM’. (Story)
Nov 06, 2019
VÉRITÉ lets go of the past with ‘new skin’. (Story)
Nov 04, 2019
Caroline Polachek opens the door to a new chapter with ‘Pang’. (Story)
Oct 04, 2019
I went to the future at the ‘Charli Live Tour’. (Story/Media)
Oct 30, 2019
Sharon Needles’ ‘SPOOPY’ is a jukebox of Halloween classics. (Story)
Oct 28, 2019
BABYMETAL transcends metal into the cosmos with ‘METAL GALAXY’. (Story)
Oct 25, 2019
Angel Olsen steps into the light to face the darkness with ‘All Mirrors’. (Story)
Oct 23, 2019
Halloween comes early with Kim Petras’ ‘TURN OFF THE LIGHT’. (Story)
Oct 21, 2019
Aja and Shilow get in the Halloween spirit with ‘Nail in the Coffin’. (Story)
Oct 18, 2019
Tove Lo takes the power back with ‘Sunshine Kitty’. (Story)
Oct 16, 2019
Slayyyter parties like it’s 2010 with her debut self-titled mixtape. (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
girl in red wraps up her first era with ‘BEGINNINGS’. (Story)
Oct 09, 2019
MUNA tackle heartbreak and self-doubt with ‘Saves the World’. (Story)
Oct 09, 2019
Jax Jones serves some tasty beats with ‘Snacks (Supersize)’. (Story)
Oct 09, 2019
Alessia Cara says “goodbye” to summer with ‘This Summer’. (Story)
Oct 07, 2019
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Norman F*****g Rockwell!’ is the next best American record. (Story)
Oct 02, 2019
Taylor Swift finds peace with ‘Lover’. (Story)
Oct 02, 2019
Missy Elliott makes her grand return with ‘ICONOLOGY’. (Story)
Oct 02, 2019
nostraightanswer’s ‘SYNTECH 0’ is a breath of fresh air. (Story)
Sep 30, 2019
VOCALOID: The Sound of the Future. (Story)
Sep 27, 2019
Shura celebrates Queer love with ‘forevher’. (Story)
Sep 25, 2019
Tori Kelly chronicles her life story with ‘Inspired By True Events’. (Story)
Sep 23, 2019
Mabel excels with ‘High Expectations’. (Story)
Sep 23, 2019
Clairo cleanses the world of all impurities with ‘Immunity’. (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 will shatter your fragile masculinity with ‘Flamboyant’. (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 of heartbreak anthems. (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
The Jonas Brothers evolve with ‘Happiness Begins’. (Story)
Aug 30, 2019
AURORA reflects on 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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