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THE BABE AND THE MULE
Two big reasons IGA is #1 in marketshare. (8/5a)
YOUR TOP 20 FOLKLORE SEQUEL, WITH DABABY GROWTH AND A CASK
OF BRANDY
Stay awhile, Tay. (8/5a)
COUNTRY STREAMING IS A THING
It's more than just Luke Combs. (8/4a)
NOISEMAKERS: YOUR LATEST SAMPLE PACK
The kids are alright. (8/5a)
GRAMMY CHEW, ALBUMS: 30 FOR EIGHT
Thoughts while noshing six feet apart. (8/5a)
BTS BRINGS IT
They're so dreamy.
VOTE BY MAIL
It's a conspiracy, because everyone does it.
IS IT CHRISTMAS?
No, but we're thinking about cookies.
WOKE MUSIC
Protest songs that sound like now.
Critics' Choice
LISTEN BEFORE CASTING YOUR BALLOT: DWIGHT YOAKAM, SECOND HAND HEART
10/21/15

Dwight Yoakam, Second Hand Heart (Reprise/Via): Yoakam demonstrates his mastery not only of classic honky-tonk tropes but a myriad of other genres on this stirring album, which boasts a rockin’ take on “Man of Constant Sorrow” and closes with the ravishing “V’s of Birds.” The veteran artist’s vision has perhaps never been in such sharp focus, and his singing has rarely sounded so assured and emotionally direct. If you needed a musical definition of what “Americana” means, you could do a lot worse than Second Hand Heart—and it seems likely to be honored in that category—but this lively, soulful set deserves consideration as a dark horse contender for Album of the Year.