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Ibeyi’s Ghost Stories

by A.R. Canzano When I listen to Ibeyi, I imagine myself floating along on a slow-moving river illuminated by campfires at twilight. On the shore, two women are singing. They might be ghosts, and they sing spirit-songs. Ibeyi is the name of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz, a pair of 20-year-old French-Cuban twins based in Paris. […]

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Fuck the Ukulele: A Lament

by A.R. Canzano In the contemporary music culture, the ukulele has become inexorably associated with the Quirky. Zooey Deschanel, as the Quirky’s poster child, wears polka dots and strums. Ingrid Michaelson strums, too—and sings about sweaters. She rhymes words like “honey” with words like “money” and “funny.” Like the sweaters in her songs, the ukulele […]