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Back Tracks: New releases a reminder of stellar debuts

Back Tracks is a weekly music column that studies the past, revisiting tunes that might be old but still resonate today. Overzealous analysis following stellar debut releases is, most of the time, unwarranted and undeserved. A musician’s introduction to the world feels more soulful and ...

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Throwing a (out)fit: a guide to winter fashion

When people meet me, the first thing they usually ask is something along the lines of “OK, can you leave me alone now?” But for those who stick around, the second thing they usually ask me about is how it’s possible that I successfully pull ...

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Listen Up: 2016 full of hidden gems

After the chaos and confusion of Monday morning, this article’s publication was pushed back a day. Hopefully anyone still feeling shaken up can find some relief by escaping into these records. They are two that I overlooked earlier this year, but which definitely deserve attention. ...

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Listen Up: Reunion and Remembrance

One could probably say that any time is an uncertain time, but Nov. 2016 suddenly feels extremely so. Still, there can be good uncertainty and bad uncertainty — the biggest music release of last week falls under good uncertainty, in the sense that it’s a ...

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Listen Up: Musicians get out the vote

Musicians have long played roles in presidential elections, with many performing concerts or releasing songs in support of one candidate or against another, or simply encouraging voter turnout. Last week, Jay Z and Beyonce stumped for Hillary Clinton, while Ted Nugent appeared with Donald Trump ...

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Opinion: Selecting the best streaming service

With the music world transitioning from buying albums into paying a monthly subscription for an unlimited streaming service, a handful of applications are beginning to stand out. Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal provide millions of subscribers access to virtually any song, from hip-hop to classical. ...

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