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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Tiny Desk Concert

I was, admittedly, thrown for a loop when Gabriel Garzón-Montano told me that he wanted to perform unaccompanied, just him and a piano. The meticulousness of his work is clear on his debut album, Jardin, a three-year creative process in which Gabriel plays most of the instruments, tracking them to two-inch tape, layering its overall sound. Jardin takes its title as an umbrella; fruits, bugs and other plants are the driving metaphors tying together this dense work, which blooms over successive listens. Garzón-Montano doesn't necessarily wear his heart on his sleeve — he forces you to listen and
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Hanson's Got A New Song, And Guess What? It's Fantastic

When Hanson's inescapable "MMMBop" topped the charts back in 1997, Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zachary were 16, 14 and 11, respectively. So if you didn't come of age to (or otherwise fall in love with) that song and the bestselling album from which it came, this may sound like a bold statement: Hanson was, and still is, a terrific band, complete with real musical and songwriting chops, airtight harmonies and boundless stage charisma. For skeptics, tarring Hanson with the dreaded "boy band" label has been all too easy, but to dismiss it is to miss out on a ton of delightful music. Hanson
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Songs We Love: The New Year, 'Mayday'

When the Texas band Bedhead got the box-set treatment in 2014, the reissue provided an excellent chance to revisit the recorded legacy of Matt and Bubba Kadane, who've spent the last quarter-century experimenting within a precise, deliberately paced sound. Bedhead's '90s output could feel blunt and delicate at the same time — a product of the way the Kadanes' deadpan vocals would sit against guitars that rang out gorgeously around them — and their subsequent work in The New Year has carried on in that tradition. Bedhead broke up nearly 20 years ago, and though the Kadanes have stayed busy in t
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Beneath the surface…

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The grass isn’t always greener. We’ve heard the cliches before, but “Big Little Lies” is a fresh look at the complicated dynamics often lurking just below the carefully painted facade of our lives.

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Charming as all get out…

Charming and hilarious, these essays cover everything—from her young start on Broadway to her mixed feelings about “Twilight”—with candor and humor. Kendrick might be scrappy, but she's definitely no nobody.