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“I Had to Step Up My Game”: An Interview with Nels Cline of Wilco

In a candid interview with PopMatters, Nels Cline discusses his new double album, why it took a quarter of a century to come to fruition, and his role in the ever-evolving Wilco.

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29 Aug 2016 // 2:15 AM

DJ Khaled: Major Key

Meme-master DJ Khaled continues to orchestrate radio hits on his newest album.

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Johnnie Frierson: Have You Been Good to Yourself

Everybody was sent to this world. There is a reason you were born. There is a purpose for everyone. You were not born by accident. There is a reason why you sent.

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Frank Ocean and a Short History of Spite Albums

Frank Ocean's Endless, the decidedly less commercial of his two recent releases, might just be a victory for artists who've been forced to release music to fulfill contractual obligations. Here's a look at some of history's more significant spite albums.

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26 Aug 2016 // 2:20 AM

Battle Trance: Blade of Love

Experimental saxophone quartet Battle Trance pushes the capabilities of both the tenor saxophone and the human breath on Blade of Love.

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Frank Ocean: Blonde (take 2)

Blonde is the sound of an artist urging his listener to be patient, and in this age of instant gratification, it is a refreshing, rewarding triumph.

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25 Aug 2016 // 2:00 PM

Jamila Woods Is a Genre-Blurring Multitasker

Woods discusses her upbringing on the South Side and the road that led to an album that encompasses her experiences as an African-American woman and her complicated relationship with her hometown.

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Eli Paperboy Reed - “My Way Home” (premiere)

Eli Paperboy Reed's "My Way Home" highlights the birth of a real soul man.

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Frank Ocean: Blonde (take 1)

Frank Ocean conquers all and prevails on his latest album, Blonde.

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Hope Against Hope: The Soul Politics of Obama’s Summer Playlists

Words may speak the promise of transcending divisions and borders, but it’s music that delivers.

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24 Aug 2016 // 2:10 AM

Denny Zeitlin: Early Wayne

Jazz veteran Denny Zeitlin covers jazz legend Wayne Shorter -- really, there is no downside to this.

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Madeintyo: THANK YOU, MR. TOKYO

After making the undeniably great "Uber Everywhere", Madeintyo comes back with a release that sounds like he's coasting.

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Mac Miller - “Dang!” (feat. Anderson .Paak) (Singles Going Steady)

Featuring the crooning, brassy timbre of .Paak's vocals, Mac and Paak piece together a saccharine ballad to alienated lovers.

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Betty Davis: The Columbia Years 1968-1969

The Columbia Years 1968-1969 isn't the sound of Betty Davis finding her voice so much as it is the sound of her fighting to get out from under the shadow of then-husband Miles Davis.

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18 Aug 2016 // 8:10 AM

Adiam - “Fearless” (video) (premiere)

Eritrean-Swedish singer Adiam mashes up R&B, hip-hop, and electronic music into an irresistible, sophisticated, and bound for the charts sound.

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17 Aug 2016 // 11:59 AM

BANKS - “Gemini Feed” (Singles Going Steady)

This an absolutely gorgeous vocal turn from BANKS.

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16 Aug 2016 // 9:42 AM

NAO - “Girlfriend” (Singles Going Steady)

NAO's lyrics are expertly crafted and hit right at the core of insecurity.

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Kuba Kapsa Ensemble: Vantdraught 4

Kuba Kapsa's second installment in his Vantdraught is another victory for modern chamber music, being both adventurous and accessible.

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The Greyboy Allstars Rise to Terrapin

Watching these five musical masters in action is always a treat, as the Greyboy Allstars consistently conjure that improv x-factor where the sum becomes greater than the parts.

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Seeking, Salvation and the First Vibration: Moon Hooch Returns With ‘Red Sky’

Moon Hooch performs music you can dance to but there's something much deeper there. "Music has basically been my personal savior", says Mike Wilbur, "I worship it."

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Anticipation and Expectation in Game Marketing: The Art of “Anti-Hype”

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"Watch the trailer for No Man's Sky and then for Frostpunk. There is a clear difference in the kind of expectations each creates in its audience.

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