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New music by Laura Marling, Rapsody, Whethan and more in this week's musical round-up

Laura Marling: A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall (Bob Dylan Cover) Laura Marling’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” has a way of cradling listeners with airy, powerful optimism in the face of adversity. While the lyrics address tragedy, troubling experiences and even triumph, Marling’s take feels much like words of encouragement. Crystalline pools of depth support the surface beauty, for …

Animal Collective: Kids on Holiday (Live)

From 2004’s profound Sung Tongs came a track that Animal Collective has just now released live. “Kids on Holiday” was an early indicator of the band’s depth of sonic exploration, and it’s one of 14 songs on Live At College Street Music Hall May 26, 2017, a pay-what-you-will record with all proceeds benefitting Direct Relief. As expected, the live version is just as power as …

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Rhye, Austra, Schultz + Forever and more in this week's musical round-up

Ezra Furman: Love You So Bad It’s no small wonder to make a song that’s altogether likable, relatable and admirable. Ezra Furman does this with “Love You So Bad,” which has just been released in video form, directed by frequent collaborator Joseph Brett. There’s a dramatic and substantial upbeat energy to Furman’s well-composed world. The song will appear on Transangelic Exodus, the musician’s forthcoming sonic …