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Story by Blake Holliday / Contributing Writer Sam Smith originally broke into the music scene back in 2014 with his debut, full-length album, “In the Lonely Hour.” His hit single “Stay With Me” was played everywhere, and Smith was performing at and selling out venues such as the Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville and the …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer How do you go about loving a piece of art that openly expresses itself as a medium for its author’s suffering? Should it be revered by listeners for its ability to channel personal hardships into appreciable creations, or rather approached as a deeply disquieting account of a person’s …

Story by Erin Alexander / Contributing Writer Kelly Clarkson released her eighth studio album, “The Meaning of Life,” on Oct. 27, 2017. This marks Clarkson’s debut with Atlantic after completing her recording contract with RCA Records. There are 14 songs on the album, with highlights including “Whole Lotta Woman,” “Slow Dance” and “I Don’t Think …

Story by Ahmad Thomas / Contributing Writer Wu-Tang Clan’s newest album, “The Saga Continues,” is a sturdy one. They opt not to echo the emerging trends of the new generation of hip-hop and instead remind their audience of what made them so revolutionary. The poetic energy and witty craftiness of this album are testaments to …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer The backdrop of Destroyer’s “Ken” is one of refined bliss, just relaxed enough to lull a listener into the ethereal space it creates. Synthesizers breathe and come alive against a carefree beat, and in the distance an errant saxophone can be heard effortlessly riffing away. Amidst this world …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Margo Price somehow manages to fall outside any and all norms of country music. Signed to the famed Third Man Records in Nashville, the 34-year-old singer-songwriter was taken under the wing of the label’s curator and rock-giant, Jack White. On her 2016 debut, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter,” Price established …