Candice-Hoyes

Harvard alumna Candice Hoyes dazzles listeners in new album

Candice Hoyes’ On a Turquoise Cloud begins with the familiar sound of Duke Ellington’s delicate jazz piano, performed by Adam Birnbaum. Subtle plucks of the bass emerge as bright clashes of cymbals splash into your ears. And just when you think you’re listening to an old recording of traditional Ellington
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Muscadettes

Twin power reigns in The Muscadettes ‘Side A’

Siblings are climbing to the top of the music scene from Haim to Tegan and Sara, and the Muscadettes, a band fronted by twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge, are no exception. They’ve taken Canada, and — after this next stint of touring — the United States, by storm with
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Sufjan_Stevens

‘Carrie and Lowell’ is a win for Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens is nothing if not ambitious. Thirty-minute multisectional opuses, concept albums for each American state — all in a day’s work for the sad man with the banjo. What Stevens has not accomplished until now, with the release of the piercingly majestic Carrie and Lowell, is cleaning out the
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Madonna

Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ could use a bit more beat

Madonna wants the world to remember that she’s Madonna. So her 13th album, Rebel Heart, released Friday, draws on all the glory of her Queen of Pop legacy but without any fresh creativity. Complete with hypersexual club beats and lyrics reflecting on her long career, Rebel Heart seems like a
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