Music

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The second night of the 42nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival at The Ark, a local music club dedicated to good music and good times, was nothing short of magical.

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Rogers creates a space that explores humanity as macro but also micro, exhilarating yet messy and rapidly changing while also showing continuity.

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Because then and there, in Carlile’s performance, was the crux of what the night felt like it had really been about all along: The embrace of different people, different folk, the risks of love and the giddiness of hope and the hard, breaking feeling of something loved gone.

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Never has he rapped over a beat this strange. As the beat’s sample rides, its keys are stretched to their limit, sounding more like a wail than a synth blast.

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“No one’s easy to love,” Sharon Van Etten sings –– but fans of Van Etten will have no trouble falling in love with her latest release. Her new album Remind Me Tomorrow is 10 tracks of the otherworldly and strange.

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This is the afterlife of the mixtape: The ability to create specific pathways through music culture as a whole is turned into a way to maximize the passive aspects of music listening.

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In any event, to point to the band’s reorientation towards pop as evidence — or, worse, proof — that they have “sold out” is to miss the point entirely.

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We’re only two weeks into 2019, but already it’s shaping up to be a huge year for British singer-songwriter Jade Bird. She recently announced the official release date for her self-titled debut album, the anticipation of which has been bolstered by one high-quality single after another.

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The blend trend in the music industry holds infinite rewards – the mix of varying talents oftens leading to a fresh, original sound.

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Country has a distinct sensibility, one capable of evoking specific landscapes and brands of sorrow, joy and attraction. In After All, Rob Baird directs this sensibility toward the emotional journey of a breakup.