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Snarky Puppy at the symphony

They’re called Snarky Puppy (I don’t know why), and depending on the day they have anywhere from eight to 18 members. It’s hard to say what genre they fall under, if any. They won a Grammy for best R&B single of 2014, regularly play international jazz festivals and their compositions bear the fingerprints of a world…

Punch Brothers move forward, and away from tradition

Like everything from Punch Brothers, their new album, “The Phosphorescent Blues,” is ambitious. The string ensemble’s fourth full-length studio effort showcases a wide range of styles and emotions. At first glance, the quintet looks like a traditional bluegrass group, designed to play the genre’s unique steel-string blend of American country, folk and jazz: MacArthur genius Chris…

José González explores the human experience in his new album

González, acclaimed for his acoustic folk cover of The Knife’s electro-pop song “Heartbeats,” is a man of contradictions. His sound is sparse, but his ideas are ambitious. A classical guitarist who grew up listening to latin folk, pop and bossa nova, González played guitar in multiple hardcore punk bands before becoming the indie-folk singer-songwriter we now know him to be.

Tessanne Chin’s first post-“Voice” album makes for a strong debut

The last time most of us saw her, Tessanne Chin was crying as she sang her new single “Tumbling Down” on “The Voice” after being crowned as the season five winner, six months ago.

On June 29, Chin released her first post-”Voice” album, “Count on My Love,” and like her last performance on “The Voice,” Chin’s voice drips with raw emotion on each song on the album. With her honest lyrics and the perfect blend of reggae and pop, Chin delivers an album that not only conveys yearning and love but also keeps you on your toes.