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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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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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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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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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“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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31 Aug 2016 // 10:39 AM

DAWN - “Cali Sun” (Singles Going Steady)

The work of DAWN (Dawn Richard) stays true to an aesthetic where it feels like chart-friendly soul-pop being remixed by an IDM producer.

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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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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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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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I'm Going to Kill You: 'Johnny Guitar' Gets the Class Treatment

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"One tends to watch this film open-mouthed in wonder at the forceful dialogue, the colorful imagery, and the sheer emotional punch of its women.

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