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‘The Endless River’

Happiness is listening to the anxiously anticipated “new” and final album by Pink Floyd,  “The Endless River,” for the first time. The band that played the soundtrack to so much of my life has endured and remained relevant for almost 50 years. Although they played and recorded quite a bit of music together during the second half…

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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…