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Alison Krauss convincingly tackles classic countrypolitan sounds on her new solo album

Earlier this year Alison Krauss released Windy City (Capitol), her first solo recording without her longtime combo Union Station since 1999. Her 2007 collaboration with Robert Plant, Raising Sand, revealed her natural range for multiple strains of American music, and it shouldn’t be a surprise that when she decided to push beyond her bluegrass sound […]

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Pop-rock wizard Tash Sultana has transformed from an Australian viral sensation into an indie darling

Australian multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana is an expressive performer, and that quality comes through strong in the viral YouTube videos that have helped her transform her from a street busker into a rising pop-rock darling. In her 2016 breakthrough video for “Jungle”—a blustery, woeful ballad filled with spindly riffs, a smooth reggae melody, and sparse hip-hop […]

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Asap Mob work well together—even if they sound anonymous next to rap’s most colorful MCs on Cozy Tapes Vol. 2

Under the tutelage of the late, great hip-hop svengali Asap Yams, New York collective Asap Mob (whose members all have “Asap” in their stage names, though they prefer to use a dollar sign rather than an s) learned the benefits of blending the best regional rap sounds, including Memphis’s humid, syrupy aesthetic and Atlanta’s psychedelic […]