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The dark and lonely recesses of a mind in solitude have been explored by many a folk singer. So too have conflicts between faith and doubt, God and the Devil, good and evil — and various scramblings of which gets lined up with what.

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“Love You Somehow,” animated wonderfully by Rebecca Smith and Coty Hoover’s clean but impassioned harmonies, is an ode to a lover who has moved out.

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The song might have been written further back in our experience with COVID-19, Coolidge zeroes in on a sentiment that we’re all feeling right about now.

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A triumphant minute-and-a-half burst that showcases how becoming a mother hasn’t kept her from living her life, pursuing her music and even writing a book.

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Dear Blanca is very much trying to remain in control during unprecedented times, going ahead with a July 31 release for Perched, the group’s first album since 2016.

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Loss, like most things in this world, is relative. That’s the thread that Columbia singer-songwriter pulls with softly strumming delicacy in t…

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It’s fitting that this week’s 1 or 2 finds Boo Hag performing near the banks of the Congaree in Riverfront Park. Its songs often feel like spirits rising from the water.

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CammWess, a Hopkins native who was recently a finalist on The Voice, should have been poised to take some big steps in his career this year. But now many of the opportunities coming his way after the show are on hold.

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Watching Preach Jacobs perform a song about persevering when the odds are stacked against you in front of his computer in his home is a pretty apt distillation of what the 1 or 2 series has been trying to do.

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Keyed by a sung invocation that quotes the song of the same name, famously recorded by Billie Holiday, Blue’s gripping spoken word performance finds passion barely contained by rhythm.

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There’s not much other than voices to this week’s edition of 1 or 2 — just some simple percussion and the warming harmonies of Katrina Blanding and Terrance Henderson (two-thirds of IndigoSoul's full compliment) leading the way as they sing India.Arie’s “I Am Light” from within the temporarily shutdown Trustus Theatre. But it’s more than enough.

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That Autocorrect delivers the song, called "Generation 1099," in front of a sign that features the names of Floyd, Garner, South Carolina’s Walter Scott and several other victims of police violence, all surrounding a directive to “Say Their Names,” crystalizes the righteously aggrieved vibe.

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The 1 or 2 socially distanced performance series was started to connect Columbians with local artists when seeing them in person is difficult (and to give those artists a paycheck to get paid when they are rare).

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The acoustic performance presented in this week’s 1 or 2 is not just an acknowledgement that the return of sweaty punk shows in dark rock clubs has yet to come, but an embrace of emo’s long tradition of delicate acoustic renditions of distraught ragers.

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There’s a moment a little more than halfway through this week’s gracefully lilting 1 or 2 performance of Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat major when the sound of a passing van surges like a timpani roll.

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“Beautiful Birds Flying” is a particularly beautiful and meditative song from Columbia’s Valley Maker, an indie-leaning folk-rock act known for beautiful and meditative songs.

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There are no late nights at clubs right now. But there are still commanding local voices like Milah, and they can still blow us away with their passion and versatility.

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