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The Lumineers’ narrative lyrical style and instrumental choices made them a standout in the booming popularity of folk-rock and Americana in their older albums, but their newest release, “BRIGHTSIDE,” doesn’t show the group’s original promise.  …

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The music scene continued to pop out modern classics in 2021. Here are five albums from this year The Phoenix thought stood out. “A Touch of the Beat…” – Aly & AJ With their 16-word …

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Even non-Swifties like sophomore Megan Beu can admit Taylor Swift’s recent release of “Red (Taylor’s Version)” encompassed the year for many — the heartbroken, the scream-criers and the casual pop fan.  While albums such as …

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Following the release of her 2019 extended play (EP), “Ama, who?” London-based R&B artist Ama Lou returned Nov. 26 with “AT LEAST WE HAVE THIS,” a release captivating in its versatility and triumphant in its …

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Fans have been waiting six years — well, five years and 364 days —  for this and it’s finally here. Adele’s new album, “30,”exposes a sincere view of the dreamy yet devastating nature of love.  …

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“Red (Taylor’s Version),” the outstanding rendition of the 2012 breakup album, puts the initial album to shame.  Taylor Swift is famously re-recording her first six albums as a way to win back her masters, which …

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Jeremy Zucker played an energetic yet fairly standard pop show at Chicago’s House of Blues  (329 N. Dearborn St.) Nov 8. Toronto-based Babygirl, the second opening act, gave a subdued performance that perfectly matched their …

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Following his 2020 releases of both “Limbo” and “Limbo (Deluxe),” Portland rapper Aminé returns with the playfully light “TWOPOINTFIVE.” It’s unclear whether the album’s buoyancy is due to its lightness or its hollowness. Beginning the …