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Music at Face Value

The first album I ever bought was by the B-52’s; the yellow one. I was in the 7th grade and moving rapidly away from the Van Halen and disco of my peers. Up until then, I had spent time in the company of my parents’ record collection: folk, standards, and Woodstock-era rock. Ella Sings Gershwin,…

First Aid Kit: “Stay Gold”

Johanna and Klara Söderberg may be rock’s most exciting sister act since Ann and Nancy Wilson. As First Aid Kit, the Swedish siblings delighted the NPR and indie sets with their second release, The Lion’s Roar, a collection of day-glo country folk that yielded the catchiest tune of 2012. “Emmylou” is the kind of charming…

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Aging Into Community

I finally can admit to myself that I’m getting old. This is not earth-shattering news. One important reason that aging no longer makes me anxious is that I think it’s going to mark some very surprising but positive changes in lifestyle, not only for me but for most Americans. In the current political climate, we’re…