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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 …

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 a track that’s really quite the adventure itself.

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize in Literature

Bob Dylan “has the status of an icon,” noted the Swedish Academy upon honoring the singer/songwriter with the announcement that he will be this year’s Nobel Prize recipient in literature. This statement is undeniable. From Dylan’s decade upon decade of musical—though arguably poetic—contributions and the movements that they spawned or spurned, his impact has been global. “For 54 years now he has been at it …

Bob Dylan’s Secret 6,000-Item Archive

Two Oklahoma-based institutions—the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa—have purchased a 6,000-piece collection of Bob Dylan’s personal items, kept by the legend himself. The treasure trove includes correspondences, recordings, photographs, films and two lyric-filled notebooks—whose existence was once merely a myth—that date back to his earliest beginnings as a musician. The archive of memorabilia will become the focus for academia surrounding Dylan’s …

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Bob Dylan on Letterman, new music from Bilal and ActiveChild, and more in this week's musical round-up

Son Of Sun: Whispers (Soul Clap Remix) Boston-based DJs Soul Clap have been making feet move and hips grind with their ever-evolving explorations of funk, disco and house, and their strength lies in teasing out the dance potential lying dormant in other tracks. Their latest re-work is of the house track “Whispers,” from the little known production duo Son of Sun, adding an extra layer …