Review: The Weeknd’s ‘My Dear Melancholy,’ Mixes Deep Gloom and Tough Love

As one of pop music's preeminent ministers of brood, Abel Tesfaye can lay claim to exerting a huge influence on the menacing tone that undergirds a large swath of contemporary R&B. And he knows it. With two multiplatinum albums in the bag, the Weeknd has largely conquered a pop landscape he once dismissed as trivial, composing pop records that hide his bleak visions in a danceable,

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Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite on Their Deeply Rooted ’21st-Century Blues’

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite know something about the darkness that underlies the deepest of blues. Standing side by side on a small stage in Los Angeles in March, the duo ease into the haunted twang of a song called "No Mercy in This Land," with Harper on electric bottleneck

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