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Ben Ratliff

When: Tue., March 1, 7 p.m. 2016

+ TUESDAY, MARCH 1

BEN RATLIFF & MAC MCCAUGHAN

"I want to suggest a connective spirit of listening," wrote New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff by way of introducing an excerpt of his intriguing new book, Every Song Ever, "so that we can become our own adventurous recommendation engines and get to know the back rooms of the inventory." The equally erudite and ponderous Every Song Ever offers twenty rubrics for penetrating the intimidating mass of sound to which streaming now allows access. These are qualitative, often emotional approaches—like sadness or slowness—that cut across genres and niches, popularity and obscurity, allowing Ratliff to reference Gillian Welch, Eyehategod, and Ravi Shankar within the same two sentences. Ratliff will discuss Every Song Ever, and our ever-fluctuating musical moment, with Merge and Superchunk cofounder Mac McCaughan, whose own tastes are, like those of Ratliff, suitably voracious. —Grayson Haver Currin

THE DURHAM HOTEL, DURHAM 7–8:30 p.m., free, www.thedurham.com

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