James Reed

Reed is a pop music critic covering everything from indie rock and folk to Latin pop and hip-hop. He previously worked at The Standard-Times of New Bedford and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with degrees in journalism and Spanish.

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Album review

Miley Cyrus matures, intrigues on surprise new album

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On “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz,” which the pop star released by surprise and for free online Sunday night, Cyrus enlists the Flaming Lips to go beyond shock value.

The ticket: Pop music

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James Reed’s picks for noteworthy pop music concerts in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Renewed, Melissa Etheridge declares independence

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With a recent album that explores a more contemporary direction, Melissa Etheridge decides to “stay in the game.”

Candid and in charge, pop newcomer Halsey comes of age

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With her pointed debut, Halsey is a refreshing new voice in pop music, with songs written from the perspective of a young artist in charge.