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27 Oct 2016 // 2:20 AM

NxWorries: Yes Lawd!

Yes Lawd! wants to be a neo-soul version of Madvillainy or The Unseen or Donuts, but comes up short.

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Luke Winslow-King: I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

A break-up album that covers both a map of the heart and America’s musical heartland.

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Solange: A Seat at the Table

With this unapologetic examination of blackness in America, Solange boldly cements her status as a voice to be reckoned with.

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25 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Macy Gray: Stripped

Macy Gray reimagines some old work, provides some new work, and tackles other artists' work in an exciting, triumphant new LP.

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Melvin Seals and JGB Keep the Flame Burning at Terrapin Crossroads

There’s a spiritual sustenance of sorts in Garcia’s music that can be hard to put a finger on per se, but the continuing demand and praise for these celestial harmonics is empirical evidence of its existence.

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24 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Trygve Seim: Rumi Songs

Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim sets the 13th-century poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi to song, with mixed results.

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Melissa Etheridge: MEmphis Rock and Soul

MEmphis Rock and Soul finds Etheridge lacking the secret ingredient that once made these songs timeless classics.

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Lizz Wright Plays Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial Birthday with New Video (premiere)

Lizz Wright celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald at a special concert this Saturday, October 22nd at the Apollo Theater in NYC and shares new video.

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19 Oct 2016 // 11:31 AM

Kimbra - “Sweet Relief” (Singles Going Steady)

Kimbra's voice is always powerful, and here, it may even be at its strongest, a warm blend of soul, jazz, and pop.

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19 Oct 2016 // 10:32 AM

The Weeknd - “Starboy” ft. Daft Punk (Singles Going Steady)

The Weeknd returns with one of his tightest pop singles yet.

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19 Oct 2016 // 8:19 AM

No Piano, Please!

Four recent releases demonstrate the stylistic range and power of jazz that isn't hemmed in by chords.

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David Bromberg Band: The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues

On his 18th album, David Bromberg teaches a master-class not only in the history of blues-inflected Americana but also in how to keep that music alive and relevant.

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The Seshen: Flames & Figures

While there are tracks that stand out, Flames & Figures genuinely suffers from monotony in its attitude and aura.

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Captures Its Subject in Stained Glass

This award-winning documentary raises the bar for how Simone is represented in popular culture and history books. It's now on DVD with a 15-song bonus CD.

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17 Oct 2016 // 2:15 AM

AlunaGeorge: I Remember

AlunaGeorge double down on a radio-friendly approach, but their latest effort suffers for a lack of variety.

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Joe Lovano Quartet: Classic! Live at Newport

With Classic! Live at Newport, several generations of jazz luminaries shine on the historic Newport Jazz Festival stage.

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Luke Winslow-King - “No More Crying Today” (video) (premiere)

New Orleans-based singer-songwriter Luke Winslow-King returns with a new album of heart-felt Americana songs.

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12 Oct 2016 // 8:17 AM

Frode Haltli: Air

Composers Bent Sørensen and Hans Abrahamsen help Frode Haltli create a career and genre masterpiece with Air.

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Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

A throwback for the ages, long live Bobby Rush and his funked up soul blues.

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11 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

The Bad Plus: It’s Hard

For the Bad Plus, unpredictable covers have become the most predictable part of their career.

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