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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
AVRIEL & THE SEQUOIAS: QUIET IS THE NEW LOUD
6/9/17

The name Avriel & the Sequoias may be unfamiliar, but the voice and sensibility behind it is already famous: Avi Kaplan, formerly of Pentatonix. Yet Sage and Stone, his five-song independent EP is unlike anything Avi did with with his former group of a cappella pop acrobats (though his Penta-pedigree undoubtedly helped drive this EP into the Top 10 at iTunes). Stately and hushed, Sage and Stone channels the intimate, folky beauty of Nick Drake and his modern acolytes such as Iron & Wine. But while many a troubadour has attempted to capture that quiet power, Sage actually succeeds. On the string-enhanced "Fields and Pier," piano-fortified "Quarter Past Four" and the exquisite title track, the rich sweetness of his voice is a true marvel. He closes the proceedings with a bouncy "Sweet Adeline," after which you'll likely go back to the beginning. In a chaotic world, this sort of gentle beauty is a balm.