Big, Bad Goldilocks
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A skirmish with Madonna cost Christina Vierra a record deal but opened her eyes to her potential as a soulful singer. (Kurt Isarienko / For The Times)
Underground rapper Busdriver has a fresh, direct style that stands out in the sprawling grid that is hip-hop music. (Kurt Isarienko / For The Times)
Kim Talon, left, and Alice Talon turned their backs on traditional music education to attain their stripped-down style. (Kurt Isarienko / For The Times)
Bruce Burton and his band King Size play country music rooted in old-fashioned heartbreak and unrequited love. (Kurt Isarienko / For The Times)