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On a Gorgeous New Album, Leyla McCalla Weaves Haiti's History With Her Own
Cover StoryAug 27, 2021

When you’re the child of musicians, you get to see the world. By the time Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz’s daughter Ruby was one year old, she had been to 34 US states and nine different countries. “She was on a bus when she was three months old,” says Marlin. “She loves traveling.” After a…

On a Gorgeous New Album, Leyla McCalla Weaves Haiti's History With Her Own
Cover StoryJul 7, 2021

Rachel Baiman has never been afraid to delve head first into speaking her mind on the state of the world through her music. But with her new project Cycles, she approaches that task through a new lens focused on narratives that spark empathy in this era of entrenched polarization. Recorded in Melbourne, Australia, and steeped…

On a Gorgeous New Album, Leyla McCalla Weaves Haiti's History With Her Own
Cover StoryJun 11, 2021

When M.C. Taylor decided to make another Hiss Golden Messenger album, he instinctively knew it needed to be done in real time, in an actual studio, in his adopted hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Recorded in the summer of 2020, Quietly Blowing It reflects a joyful spirit even as a fog of anxiety hung over…

On a Gorgeous New Album, Leyla McCalla Weaves Haiti's History With Her Own
Cover StoryMay 12, 2021

There’s a particular knowledge that is born only from a road-worn trek, like literature's hero's journey, where a protagonist adventures in pursuit of higher knowledge or power, someone like Captain Ahab or Tom Joad. Kaoru Ishibashi, the musician known as Kishi Bashi, packed a camper during the pandemic and left his home of Athens, Georgia,…

On a Gorgeous New Album, Leyla McCalla Weaves Haiti's History With Her Own
Cover StoryApr 9, 2021

The very first fans to discover Alejandro Rose-Garcia — the musical mind behind the moniker Shakey Graves — admittedly didn’t have much information to go on. “When I first snuck this record out, it was just a photo of me with a cow head,” recalls Rose-Garcia of his self-released 2011 debut, Roll the Bones. “All…