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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,…

In ‘Art Angels,’ Grimes explores the possibilities of pop

Grimes has always been somewhat of a shape-shifter. Since she first set fire to the music scene with 2012’s “Visions,” she’s announced her singular identity with genre-defying instrumentals, intricate visual artwork and a full spectrum of vibrant, technicolor hairstyles. (Somewhat fittingly, the cover artwork for her latest album is a cartoonish self-portrait with a long, spindly…