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Mars sweeps a Grammys peppered with politics

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/29/18, 11:58 am

Bruno Mars swept the major categories at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, winning album, song, and record of the year. Mars’ album 24K Magic has dominated the charts for the past year with the hit singles “24K Magic” and “That’s What I Like.” Rapper Kendrick Lamar also scored big at the Grammys, winning all of the rap categories for his offerings from his most recent album, which infuses traditional rap style with ponderings about God and theology.

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New or recent releases

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by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/28/18, 12:13 am

No Glory

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers

These youthful rootsmongers sing, play, and write—about the gospel, in case their name isn’t clear enough—with energy and conviction, achieving freshness by shuffling musical and verbal tropes like veterans. They also shuffle lead singers, spelling a guy (or guys) who wouldn’t sound out of place leading worship at a Sunday-evening seeker service with a gal (or gals) who wouldn’t sound out of place fronting a jug band. Would that they’d shuffle another fast song or two into this program’s second half. It drags a little.

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Promoting sonic growth

Music | Longtime duo tries to help bring the saxophone to musical maturity 
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 1/28/18, 12:09 am

It isn’t every musician who records eight albums’ worth of first-rate performances then releases them all simultaneously. In fact, it might only be one: Dr. Ronald L. Caravan.

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