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Q&A: ODESZA on the influences behind ‘The Last Goodbye’

NEW YORK (AP) — After a four-year hiatus, electronic duo Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills of ODESZA are back with “The Last Goodbye” — a dance-friendly record that nods to the friends and family who ...

Review: Harry Styles is fully at home in 'Harry's House'

Harry Styles, “Harry's House” (Columbia Records) If the 13 tracks of Harry Styles’ third LP are the walls in which he lives, “Harry’s House” is a place of self-expression, happiness ...

Review: Exploration pays off in Big Thief's 20-track album

“Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You,” Big Thief (4AD) Brooklyn-based indie rock band Big Thief seems to draw from a bottomless well of creativity. After releasing two records ...

Bastille invites listeners to escape in 'Give Me The Future'

NEW YORK (AP) — In 2020, Bastille found themselves in a unique position. Coming out of their last album and into the pandemic, the English pop rock band not only had one album’s worth of songs, but tw...

Review: Adele goes beyond heartbreak in powerful '30' album

“30,” Adele (Columbia Records) Coming out of a divorce, one might expect Adele to write an album of heartbreak ballads. But, to expect anything short of the full spectrum of emotions...

James Blake's post-pandemic album finds clarity in chaos

NEW YORK (AP) — In a year where every interaction came with a risk, people across the world were forced to reassess relationships. Grammy-winning recording artist and producer James Blake was no diffe...

Leon Bridges shares his evolution to 'Gold-Digger Sounds'

“Gold-Diggers Sound” is an apropos name for the third studio album of an artist who struck it rich six years ago with his debut LP. Leon Bridges’ music quickly earned him recognition...

Olympian Lolo Jones examines life's hurdles in new book

Lolo Jones doesn't kick off her book, “Over It,” with her biggest accomplishment. She could have described how it felt to be one of a few athletes to qualify for both the winter and ...

AP Interview: 49ers' Hannah Gordon works for women's equity

When Hannah Gordon stepped into her role at the NFL's headquarters in 2009, she was the only woman working in the salary cap department who wasn’t a secretary. Now, as chief administ...

Review: Lana Del Rey shifts gaze in 'Chemtrails' release

Lana Del Rey, “Chemtrails Over The Country Club” (Interscope Records and Polydor Records) Decay and decadence coexist in the world created by Lana Del Rey in “Chemtrails Over The Cou...

Pandemic accelerates power shift in fashion, advertising

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic has accelerated a power shift in the fashion and advertising world, with models and influencers by necessity wielding more control over their own images during remote phot...

Cameron and Lauren share lessons, life after ‘Love Is Blind’

NEW YORK (AP) — Cameron Hamilton had never seen Lauren Speed when he got down on one knee. Speed had never seen Hamilton when she said yes. The couple met on “Love Is Blind,” a Netf...

Review: Jim James taps orchestral sound on impressive album

Jim James, Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra, "The Order of Nature" (Decca Gold) A piccolo and glockenspiel delicately flutter in as the voice of Jim James echoes out. Slowly...

Music Review: Brittany Howard shines in new solo album

Brittany Howard, "Jamie" (ATO Records) Solo projects can be hit or miss for artists looking to break from a band. For some, their newfound creative independence allows them to hit th...

Review: The Lumineers create a stunning album in 'III'

The Lumineers, "III" (Dualtone Music Group) Films, movies, television, books: They all tell stories that allow audiences to see glimpses of themselves. The Lumineers have told their ...