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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
But what's behind door #2? (9/17a)
SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
Critics' Choice
LISTEN BEFORE CASTING YOUR BALLOT: ZAC BROWN BAND, JEKYLL + HYDE
10/21/15

Zac Brown Band, Jekyll + Hyde (Southern Ground/Varvatos/Republic/BMLG): If your first response to the Nashville singer/songwriter’s set is “he’s all over the place,” well, that’s kinda the point—from the title on down. ZBB highlights the musical sophistication and eclecticism of contemporary Nashville, but these dudes are no dilettantes: the wide-ranging Jekyll scored #1 hits at both Country and Active Rock radio. Vintage soul, Appalachian gospel, a proto-metallic guitar workout (with an assist from Chris Cornell), big-band swing (with Sara Bareilles), sparkly pop, fingerpicked balladry and a good old country waltz all find their way into the mix, and Brown invests every stylistic outing with heart aplenty. Music with this much feeling and this much reach deserves a big spotlight.