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22 Feb 2017 // 10:15 AM

NxWorries - “Lyk Dis” (Singles Going Steady)

Anderson Paak finds the perfect sweet spot between his crisp, fresh verses and his soulful croon to create a super-slinky, late night tune.

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Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D

These 1968 live recordings offer a glimpse into Detroit’s storied music history courtesy of three of its finest session players.

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Stone Foundation - “Strange People” feat. William Bell (premiere)

British soul band Stone Foundation collaborates with William Bell and Paul Weller on the new feel-good, hopeful single "Strange People".

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Kingdom: Tears in the Club

A future pop canvas of exquisite beauty, experimental club producer Kingdom shares an intimate, half-drunk night in and out of safe and not-so-safe spaces.

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The Spirit In Her Soul Is Free: An Interview With Linda Clifford

From Curtis Mayfield to Neil Simon, the legendary Linda Clifford recalls how she capped the '70s with two full servings of spunk and sophistication.

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Graham Central Station: Now Do-U-Wanta Dance / My Radio Sure Sounds Good to Me / Star Walk

The ex-Sly & the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham brings the funk on this trio of late '70s albums.

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14 Feb 2017 // 10:35 AM

Chance the Rapper - “Same Drugs” (Singles Going Steady)

Chance the Rapper crafts a warm, soulful ballad about resisting life’s changes even as loved ones give in.

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Lee Fields and the Expressions - “Special Night” (Singles Going Steady)

Lee Fields and the Expressions' "Special Night" is a pure and true love song. It's an absolute gem.

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Ralph Towner: My Foolish Heart

Solo classical guitar from the ECM stalwart whose music is so beautiful that it can seem vanilla. But it isn't.

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Missy Elliott - “I’m Better” feat. Lamb (Singles Going Steady)

This music video further confirms how adept Missy Elliott is at synthesizing fashion, song, and dance to make potent artistic statements.

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Gallant Shows Why He’s One of the World’s Best New Soul Singers

Gallant plays the NPR Tiny Desk series in his incomparable manner.

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Led Bib: Umbrella Weather

The group knows how to chase each other into new territory, and the horizon stays perpetually distant.

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Pickett Was Wicked Good and Wicked Bad: ‘In the Midnight Hour’

Tony Fletcher's biography of the great soul singer is a vivid, detailed, and insightful portrait of a complex, talented, and often deplorable man.

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Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau: Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau

Thile and Mehldau make a pretty great duo, but it’s also an idiosyncratic one. For the most part this album feels like Thile is playing around in Mehldau’s jazz-oriented world.

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Jimmy Scott: I Go Back Home

As the story goes, German producer Ralf Kemper wanted to make one last great album with Jimmy Scott before he passed from this earth. But is this it?

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31 Jan 2017 // 3:00 AM

Overlooked Jazz Gems of 2016

No matter how much music I listen to every year, I miss some great records, somehow. Here are a half-dozen albums from 2016 that deserve our attention.

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30 Jan 2017 // 2:30 AM

Kehlani: SweetSexySavage

Kehlani's debut is by turns infectious, smooth, satisfying, and infuriating.

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Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra: Time/Life

Released posthumously, these gorgeously lush recordings serve as a fine tribute to the late Charlie Haden.

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In Detroit They Come Out at Night

Grafitti artists, the jazz, punk, and hip-hop scenes, and the lonely mean streets of Detroit are captured by this survey of 13 photographers.

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Black and White and Katrina All Over: Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans

One of the best things about this updated edition of Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans is that it looks at what’s to come just as much as it looks at bygones.

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Learning the Barbarian in 'Conan Exiles'

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"There's no one better than a barbarian to teach you how to become civilized.

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