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Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer King Krule’s appearance may surprise you. While his music gives the impression of a gruff, commanding presence at the microphone, Archy Marshall, the 23-year-old South London singer-songwriter behind the music, gives the unassuming impression of a scrawny, pallid juvenile with a crimson nest of hair atop his head. …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Annie Clark, the multi-instrumentalist behind the music of St. Vincent, is revered as one of indie-pop’s most enigmatic personalities. Over her decade-long run as a performing artist, the guitar-wielding songwriter has drastically changed her image from the angelic and soft-spoken girl on her 2007 debut “Marry Me,” to …

Story by Wendy Anderson / Contributing Writer Bill Murray recently released an album, “New Worlds,” with cellist Jan Vogler — and yes, it’s the Bill Murray you’re thinking of. Together, Murray and Vogler have worked on the album for years, and it features Vanessa Perez on piano and Mira Wang on violin. The comedic actor …

Story by Hayden Goodridge / Contributing Writer Kamasi Washington stands as one of the leading voices in today’s jazz culture. Having collaborated with prominent names in hip-hop like Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, the West Coast tenor saxophonist and composer surprised the music world with the 2015 release of his critically acclaimed, ambitiously long jazz …

Story by Hadley Schelton / Contributing Writer After walking away from his record deal with Atlantic Records in 2014, Cody Simpson was thought to have gone off-radar.  However, he surprised everyone in 2015 when he released his first album as an independent artist.  He titled it “Free” in honor of finally being able to create …

Story by Erin Alexander / Contributing Writer Dolly​ ​Parton​ ​is​ ​known​ ​nationwide​ ​for​ ​that​ ​classic​ ​country​ ​sound.​ The icon released her​ ​first​ ​album, “Hello I’m Dolly,”​​ ​50 years​ ​ago. Fast-forward half a century, and ​she’s still producing new music for her fans. Except these fans are a bit younger than Parton’s general audience. Parton’s​ ​first​ …