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2015's peak sonic moments unfold at Poland's Unsound fest and L.A.'s '9800'

2015's peak sonic moments unfold at Poland's Unsound fest and L.A.'s '9800'

The year had a beginning. And in that moment, there was only one album I could listen to — D'Angelo's "Black Messiah," the soundtrack for my last winter in New York. Moving to L.A., though, erased much of what came before. When I think of 2015, the start date is a data glitch, reset to Sept. 1, when I moved to Angelino Heights and began hearing the city.

In November, I went to see Kendrick Lamar at the Wiltern. I showed up five minutes after the show had started, and walked straight into a throng of people waving...

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