New Year’s Eve

Mumford and Sons’ antiseptic folk a wash at Fiddler’s Green

If such a thing as monotonously fantastic exists, Mumford & Sons channeled it at their Fiddler's Green Amphitheater show last night. The evening had all the predictable elements of a beautiful early-fall show at the outdoor venue: lots of beer, the always-expected smell of weed wafting over the audience, talented musicians performing their craft and a near absurd amount of plaid and boots.

Mick Jenkins answers a higher calling on “The Healing Component”

Mick Jenkins dissects the meaning of living a love-filled life on his new project, “The Healing Component.” Love here is not just the connection between two people who are crazy enough to consider themselves soul-mates -- it’s the feeling that comes after long periods of struggle, the one we experience when we truly know ourselves and the radiance from a power higher than any we’ve ever known.

Cass McCombs: Woke folk for the patient few

Singer-songwriter Cass McCombs wants you to think hard about the world we're living in. Women, war, mental illness, your Friday night -- "Netflix and die," he hisses on his latest batch of gorgeous postmodern head-scratchers and early candidate for album of the year, "Mangy Love" -- so many issues deserve far more attention than they get.

Mac Miller can’t quite find his lane on “The Divine Feminine”

Mac Miller experiences a bit of imposter syndrome on “The Divine Feminine,” his latest release about all things love. Sure, he’s proven his creative stamina in the rap game on previous projects that put him ahead of the rap fray, but we hear too much Chance The Rapper (“Soulmate,”), Kendrick Lamar, who crops up on “Stay” and the final performance of “God is Fair, Sexy Nasty.” Ty Dolla $ign brings home the point of finding strength in softness and the importance of balancing yin and yang on “Cinderella.” Mac Miller gets away with more than two cheesy metaphors here, but the production saves him, as it does on several other spots on the album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx0X6kYfrK8 Sure, these songs are good with their layered production and Mac Miller’s textured voice, but the entire project lacks in originality.