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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…

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,…

Arswain Finds a New Voice in “Spokesmachine”

It’s hard to place alternative electronic duo Arswain in a specific musical category. Since their debut full-length album “Fortress,” their songs have spanned the stylistic spectrum from rap to ambient house to structured, drop-driven EDM. Themes of exploration and indecision are even apparent in their lyrics. On “Blame State”, a track from their latest release, “Spokesmachine,” vocalist…

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…

Say ‘Hello’ to the new Adele

This past Friday, British singer-songwriter Adele set the music industry ablaze with the release of her new single, “Hello.” Always private, the singer has emerged from a years-long period of artistic quiet, having focused largely on family life since the birth of her son Angelo in 2012. This gave fans all the more reason to…