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On ‘Coloring Book,’ Chance grows up

I live in a co-operative house with around 50 other people, and on any given weeknight, our paths weave in and out of each other’s, most of us absorbed in our own respective routines. People type away in the computer cluster, scrape together meals in the kitchen and pace purposefully through the hallways, friendly but…

Festival review: At Coachella, worlds collide

From its humble origins as a one-weekend event that emphasized artistry over commercial viability, Coachella has metastasized into a vast, nearly incomprehensible cultural phenomenon. Sprawling over two weekends and acres of dusty, trampled polo fields, it attracts an incredible number and variety of acts and spectators to its five stages. It isn’t too surprising, then,…

Andrew Bird’s new album is a ‘Serious’ success

Andrew Bird’s work has long been marked by idiosyncrasy. A solo artist since the early 2000s, his music has persistently exhibited whimsical touches like atmospheric whistling, meandering string passages and eclectic, clattering percussion. For this reason, it’s not hard to recognize any one of Bird’s songs as his own, especially when combined with the complexity,…