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CAN TAYLOR DO IT AGAIN?
What does Vegas think? (8/19a)
HEAVY WEATHER:
RAINMAKERS II
This is no ordinary doorstop. (8/19a)
END OF THE "ROAD," BILLIE GETS HER FIRST #1
Kids these days... (8/19a)
A PRESEASON
HITS LIST
The biz is getting its game face on. (8/19a)
GRAMMY CHEW: COMING IN
UNDER THE WIRE
More speculation over lox and bagels (8/19a)
HEAT!
Seriously, we can't take off any more clothes at the office.
DOLDRUMS!
Nothing doing.       
LUNCH!
Well, what do YOU want?      
VACATION!
Badly needed.     
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.