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5/14/19
1:00 AM
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Ian Noe and I are hunched over bowls of chili at Honky Tonk BBQ next door to Chicago’s Thalia Hall, where he’ll open for Son Volt in a couple hours’ time. Yesterday was beautiful outside, but last night brought a sudden, last-gasp winter storm, and now snow is speeding past the restaurant’s windows while frost creeps

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5/1/19
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Kelsey J. Waite
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May is, by sheer volume, the year’s biggest month for music yet, with long-awaited new releases from Carly Rae Jepsen, Vampire Weekend, and Flying Lotus leading the pack. YG, The National, Mac DeMarco, and Charly Bliss all return as well, alongside promising debuts from Ian Noe and Pronoun. That’s not to mention

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4/2/19
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Natalie Mering was a gifted child, to say the least. Weathering a life-altering move at age 10 from Santa Monica to Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a small town of just over 8,000 residents, she would retreat to her teenage bedroom, adorned with stuffed animals, posters of celebrities, and various sports trophies, a scene

4/1/19
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March was a great month for music, delivering some of 2019’s greatest highlights so far, and April looks to follow suit. Finally, the gorgeous new Weyes Blood album will see the light of day, as well as promising new LPs from Inter Arma, Mountain Goats, and Aldous Harding. In pop, Marina returns, Diamond-free, with a

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