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On the Vampire Weekend co-founder’s début solo album, “Half-Light,” he mingles elements of his American upbringing with the textures of his Iranian background. “Because of who I am, and how open I am, there’s something inherently political about just writing love songs,” — by Hua Hsu
Sometimes pop culture seems completely prepackaged and professionalized, so when somebody steps out and puts on a display of vulnerability, trust and humility, it takes your breath away. —by David Brooks
Julien Baker’s second album, “Turn Out the Lights,” moves beyond inner turmoil and takes on a wider perspective. —by Jon Pareles
Denis Villeneuve's ambitious sequel is a life-affirming spectacle of noir and neon. —by Joel Mayward