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Articles by Olivia Burton

Music: “Heatstroke”

Producer Calvin Harris is clearly vying  for 2017’s summer anthem with his latest single “Heatstroke.” Like La La Land, another recent mainstream hit invoking LA cool, the song is...

Music: 22, A Million

I was prepared to loathe Bon Iver’s new album, 22, A Million, as soon as I read the song titles. How do you say “______45_____” out loud? And when...

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It’s been four years since Adele released her Grammy-winning album 21. Now, she’s finally back from her hiatus. “Hello? It’s me,” she sings, in a near-whisper, at the beginning of the...

Music: The Dead Weather

At times, it’s difficult to distinguish the Dead Weather’s recent album Dodge and Burn from their earlier albums; all could be considered rock and roll with a heavy influence...

Music: Lana del Ray

In her 2012 album Born to Die, Lana Del Rey sang about endless, romantic love. “I will love you till the end of time,” she promised on “Blue Jeans.”...

Music: No, No, Nothing new

As the three-minute video for “No No No” progresses, it becomes apparent that beneath the brightness and whimsy, something is not quite right. The dead-eyed band plays in front of a...

Music: Ringo Starr

From the man who brought you “With a Little Help from my Friends,” “Yellow Submarine,” and the lyrics to “Octo- pus’s Garden,” comes the solo album Postcards from Paradise....

Music: Modest Mouse

We’re getting old. Modest Mouse released “Float On” over 11 years ago. Listening to Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse’s first album in six years, might make you feel like...

Music: Purity Ring

Compared to their 2012 release Shrines, Purity Ring’s Another Eternity sounds cleaner and less claustrophobic but isn’t bland. While Another Eternity has a generally lighter sound, Purity Ring has...

Music: Björk

“Moments of clarity are so rare, I better document this,” Björk sings, in “Stonemilker,” the first track of Vulnicura. Her intentions are clear from the beginning—this album is going...

Marching today

Selma is a place I hear about in stories about my grandfather’s childhood or the place where my cousins go shopping to support the mom-and-pop businesses that have been...

Music: Nick Jonas

Sporting a fresh buzzcut and a tastefully simple leather jacket, Nick Jonas races his motorcycle down a lonely desert highway. The road sign behind him says “Leaving Childhood” as...

Music: The Flaming Lips

With a Little Help from my Fwends is a fitting name for the Flaming Lips’ track-by-track cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Featuring “fwends” of...