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29 Sep 2016 // 2:20 AM

Erroll Garner: Ready Take One

Pulling from three separate recording sessions, Ready Take One features Erroll Garner’s inimitable style along with an impression six previously unheard Garner originals.

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Various Artists: Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul

A collection of kids, pushed by parents or teachers or by their own dreams of pop stardom, aspire to follow in the path of the Jacksons.

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Racializing Rock: The ‘60s and the White Sounds of ‘Pet Sounds’

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock.

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26 Sep 2016 // 2:05 AM

Jim Snidero: MD66

A veteran alto saxophonist looks back 50 years at the revolutionary approach of the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet.

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Andre Cymone - “Hallelujah” (premiere)

Prince's childhood friend and bassist came back with socially-conscious rock in 2014, but with his new EP, addresses America's race issues head-on.

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Soccer96: As Above So Below

Soccer96 are excellent at their individual instruments, and this set proves they can link up to make some excellent music, too.

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22 Sep 2016 // 7:49 AM

Oddarrang: Agartha

The ingenious Finnish quintet find the overlap between post rock, prog, ambient and jazz.

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21 Sep 2016 // 10:46 AM

Beyoncé - “Hold Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Hold Up" is a slice of art that engages the senses of sight and sound, and it's beautiful.

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Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience

When we last left the Robert Glasper Experiment, it stood knee-deep in star power with the Black Radio series, featuring everyone from Erykah Badu to

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James Vincent McMorrow: We Move

While 2014's Post Tropical showcased McMorrow's fondness for hip-hop's rhythms and R&B's sensual spaciousness, We Move marks a definitive step toward full-fledged pop.

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‘Motown: The Sound of Young America’ Over-promises and Under-delivers

A Motown book that largely recounts the career of its head salesperson can’t really be seen as a definitive history of an enterprise that changed music, culture and commerce in America.

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Music with a Capital “M”: An Interview With Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus

The Bad Plus may be known for their revisionist covers of pop songs, but pianist Ethan Iverson proudly reflects on jazz’s past and shares his hopes and fears about its future.

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Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj - “Side to Side” (Singles Going Steady)

"Side to Side" is one of the most unabashedly infectious tracks Grande has put out, subbing her typically refined style of pop for something a bit less pristine, a bit sweatier.

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Joanna Wallfisch: Gardens in My Mind

An orchestral merging of classical, jazz, and folk styles that is equal parts eloquent, fun, and sincere.

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8 Sep 2016 // 11:01 AM

Paul Cauthen - “My Gospel” (audio) (premiere)

Paul Cauthen delivers a wide range of songs that traverse country, rock, soul, gospel and folk all delivered with the passion of a true believer.

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“I Want to Feel Something Real”: An Interview With St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones talks with PopMatters about the band's quick rise and the inspirations, faith, art, and business behind new album Sea of Noise.

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Dusty Springfield: Reputation (Expanded Deluxe Collector’s Edition)

This might suffer from too much anonymous dance filler, but there are enough reminders why Springfield's place in the all-time vocal pantheon is fully merited.

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2 Sep 2016 // 10:04 AM

Robert Glasper Experiment - “Day to Day” (Singles Going Steady)

It's a downright shame to hear Casey Benjamin's smooth voice processed with such a dated use of Auto-Tune.

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Wilson Pickett: Land of 1,000 Dances - The Complete Atlantic Singles Vol. 1

In the first of a three-part set, the highly fertile artistic period of one of soul music's most powerful voices is lovingly chronicled.

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Rez Abbasi and Junction: Behind the Vibration

Guitarist Rez Abbasi returns to jazz-rock as a style on Behind the Vibration, but this time via electric instruments with original tunes. The result is modern jazz that sweeps in many styles.

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