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Chicago MC Freddie Old Soul captures the complications of pandemic life on The First People

Chicago rapper Fredrianna Harris, aka Freddie Old Soul, uses hip-hop to open a vivid window into everyday life. On “Hot Tamale,” one of the best tracks off her new self-released EP, The First People, she turns groceries into a narrative device that bundles up seemingly stray musings about young motherhood, COVID-19, and the unrelenting presence […]

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Xylouris White expands its collision of Cretan traditional music and rock on Mother

On its fantastic fourth album, Mother (Bella Union), stirring Cretan-Australian duo Xylouris White masterfully expands its reach without surrendering the essential intimacy and bruising power that’s made it more than the sum of its parts. Cretan singer and lyre player George Xylouris and drummer Jim White are expansive players who together produce a bigger sound […]