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True fact: Moog, my pet budgie, has better taste in music than you do. Don’t feel bad; he has me beat in that department, too. It’s the inevitable side effect of feeding him a steady diet of music of all genres. Classical? He bops. Top 40? He bops. R&B? Oh boy, does he bop. I threw on th…

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GLEN HANSARDWHERE THEY’RE FROM: Dublin, IrelandGENRE: FolkWHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE: My Irish cousins when they get sad-drunkFAVORITE TRACKS: “I’ll Be You, Be Me”, “Falling Slowly”Grammy and Oscar award-winning Irish artist Glen Hansard is bringing his rich troubadour skills to the Wilma. He is be…

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★The Lumineers will break your heart with their latest, and best, album, “III.” “III” tells the story of a family of three, consisting of an alcoholic mother, an absent father and a traumatized son. The scene and characters of the album are introduced immediately. It becomes clear th…

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My most fond childhood memories were watching my dad getting ready to go out. Collared western shirts towered over me as I scanned his closet, grabbing whichever I fancied that day. I’d sit on the bed and watch as he donned his large belt buckle with galloping, golden horses and dusted off h…

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Sasha Bell did the impossible at her album release party for “Love is Alright”: she made the Badlander habitable. Gone were the frat bros, the woo girls (fine, there was one woman who woo-ed between each sound check, but she was an outlier), the stray PBR cans and aggressive music. Bell and …

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The sound of barking seals surrounded two musicians as they stood mesmerized on a porch of an Airbnb on the Oregon coast. Chris Karl and Betty Downey, of Petit Poucet, were there to write and record their self-titled EP in a 24-hour stint. The jolly seals inspired them to add a soft, harmoni…

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Rejoice, one and all: Beyoncé has granted us the privilege of watching her Coachella set from the comfort of our own beds. Not only did Knowles drop a 40-track live album of her show on all major streaming services, she’s given us the greatest gift of all: a Netflix documentary. “HOMECOMING:…

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