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Jourdann Fraser

Album(s) of the Year, part 4: Introspective pop

The Music beat’s coverage of the best albums of 2017 continues. These three albums all cultivate introspection and lyrical depth over pop backings. Paramore’s “After Laughter” infuses disco and new wave with meditations on depression, Tyler, the Creator’s “Flower Boy” uses a diverse stylistic palette spanning rap and R&B to reflect on loneliness and Tove…

The wonder of Oh Wonder

On Thursday, Oct. 19, I got the opportunity to see the alt-pop duo Oh Wonder at the Fox Theater, and words can’t express how much I loved this concert. I entered the grand Fox Theater, a beautiful old building ornately decorated with, among other things, two godlike statues flanking the stage. The theater was sold…

The next thousand miles: Vanessa Carlton in concert

When Vanessa Carlton first came out on stage in San Francisco, she addressed the elephant in the room and played the song that everyone knew and hoped for, “A Thousand Miles.” Although Carlton dismissed the song as something that had to be done so that she could get on with the show, I wondered if…

Dodie Clark and the power of YouTube to launch music careers

Cute English accent. Adorable human being. Ukulele player. One year ago, I stumbled across Dodie Clark in my recommended YouTube feed — most likely because her video featured a collaboration with Jon Cozart (widely known as Paint on YouTube), a favorite of mine. I clicked on my first Dodie video, “An Awkward Duet,” in which…
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