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Kacey Musgraves, Liza Anne (sold out)

  • Sylvee 25 South Livingston Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Kacey Musgraves expanded both her songwriting and sonic outlook on her latest record. Info/tix

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Kacey Musgraves' most recent album, Golden Hour, burst through 2018's everlasting clouds like a rush of celestial light. That light still shines in 2019, largely due to the record's emotional depth and a genre-mixing approach—though still with a country nucleus—that will help the record hold up over the long haul. Musgraves exhibited a sleeve-worn sincerity on past hits like "Follow Your Arrow," but this time she pairs the sweetness of those songs with the substance needed for proper balance. The album's title track is a perfect example.  Though the song is compositionally similar to "Follow Your Arrow," mainly built around Musgraves' voice and acoustic guitar," Musgraves seems more content here to let her emotions and lyrics radiate naturally rather than channel them into a straightforward message. Instead of directly addressing the listener, she sends lyrics like "You make the world look beautiful / I thought I'd seen it all before / But looking through your eyes / It looks like paradise" to a nameless second-person. But Musgraves also buoys the album's replayability with the bubbly synth line that appears on "Butterflies" and the Bon Iver-ish auto-tune on "Oh, What A World" and the danceable "High Horse." Golden Hour captures a young artist completely confident in the ability to inject grounded and well-meaning sincerity into even the bleakest of situations. —Henry Solo

Earlier Event: February 1
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