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Hey You Guys! Rita’s Back on Netflix!

From “The Electric Company” and “West Side Story” to Netflix’s reboot of “One Day at a Time,” Rita Moreno has been wowing us for decades.

Americana and Dylan’s “Planet Waves”

There’s a narrative about Bob Dylan’s ’60s career that goes about like this: folk maverick goes electric, wins new fans, makes three essential albums, has a motorcycle accident, and is creatively and commercially more or less defunct until Blood on the Tracks in 1975. My

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Paul McCartney’s “Ram” Reconsidered

In early 1971, with The Beatles involved in some bitter legal disputes with each other and with their own management, Paul McCartney recorded Ram with his wife Linda and three hired guns, guitarists David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken, and drummer Denny Seiwell. The album was

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High Art, Low Art, and 10cc: The Bubblegum Connection

“Highbrow” and “lowbrow” are terms that seem increasingly fuzzy to me lately. But if we choose the right examples, the division is still there. Grand opera vs. Disney pop. The latest Werner Herzog film vs. Bewitched. Lucian Freud vs. the design on my cereal box.

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Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira”: An Underappreciated Masterpiece

Everyone has albums they come back to again and again, albums they would take to their proverbial desert island. Such albums have made a deep connection to the heart, and to life experience, sometimes in ways we barely understand, or only slowly unpack as we