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HITS LIST: SIGNS OF A
WHOLE NEW DEAL
The sounds of a brighter day to come? (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS:
STEVE COOPER
Turnaround specialist becomes a music man. (1/15a)
BIG CHANGES AT RCA: EDGE UPS PITTS TO PREZ, FLECK TO COO; RICCITELLI TO EXIT
Recalibrating for changing tastes. (1/15a)
DANGEROUS TIMES: A CONVERSATION WITH MORGAN WALLEN
As his song says, "Livin' the Dream." (1/14a)
ACADEMY AND DUGAN
DUE TO SETTLE?
A messy divorce nears its resolution. (1/15a)
RAINMAKERS
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
HOW TO FIND 11,780 VOTES
It's the way all the biggest mob bosses did it.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
THE B-SIDE
BAIO WATCH
9/16/15

Coming out of the shadows of a beloved frontman can be difficult, but with a touch of chutzpah and hint of charm, the quietest ones sometimes reveal that they have the most to say. Long regarded as the heart of Vampire Weekend, at least according to Karen Glauber, Baio—yes, he’s related to the Joanie Loves Chachi heartthrob—has honed his pop sensibilities. Contrary to most DJs who spend most of their sets intermittently fist pumping and adjusting (what I believe to be) volume knobs, he relied on the music to convey his message at the sold-out Echo. In a post-ironic world, the simplicity of his set was both endearing and impactful.

Baio’s single, “Sister of Pearl,” was a standout, an autumnal gem that will be stuck in my head through the many hours at temple that lie ahead of me, as I atone for my sins next week.

His eclectic solo LP, The Names, is due 9/18 via Glassnote, but if you're impatient like me, you can head to Noisey to stream it now. 

L'chaim,
Naomi Robin