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Monday, April 27 2015

Ava Luna: Infinite House

Ava Luna's latest is as multilayered and pleasantly bewildering as the "infinite house" where it was recorded.


Thursday, April 23 2015

James Bay: Chaos and the Calm

On Chaos and the Calm,, singer/songwriter James Bay delivers a sound debut album that's never earth-shattering.


Wednesday, April 22 2015

Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

What makes the Alabama Shakes sound new is that they’re evidently devoted to their musical forebears -- everyone from Etta James and Aretha to Bowie and Zeppelin -- yet also coquettishly unfaithful to each one of them.


‘Soul!’, the Groundbreaking Public TV Show From the Black Power Era Is Rescued From the Archives

Musical acts ranged from Rahsaan Roland Kirk to Ashford & Simpson. Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin interrogated each other in a two-episode arc. Try finding a mix like that in the current PBS lineup.


Tuesday, April 21 2015

Kelis - “Feeling Good (Live From the Brighton Dome)” (video)

In tribute to the late, great Nina Simone, the American singer-songwriter Kelis belts the classic "Feeling Good" in this live capture from the Brighton Dome in the UK.


Thursday, April 16 2015

Bettye LaVette: Child of the Seventies

This re-release provides evidence that Bettye LaVette should have been famous decades earlier.


Tuesday, April 14 2015

Pimps of Joytime - ‘Jukestone Paradise’ (album stream) (Premiere)

Brooklyn funk and soul outfit Pimps of Joytime create their own "science fiction juke joint" with their riotously fun new LP, Jukestone Paradise. Stream it here exclusively a week before its release.


Sidewalk Chalk: Shoulder Season

Sidewalk Chalk rise further to the top of the hip-hop scene with their third release, Shoulder Season.


Thursday, April 9 2015

Jessie Ware Performs “Say You Love Me” on ‘The Late Late Show’

British neo-soul singer Jessie Ware performed "Say You Love Me" last night on The Late Late Show last night. The song is a gorgeous, R&B slow-burner that escalates to soaring pop anthem.


Monday, April 6 2015

Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers’ radicalization of pop is important and thrilling.


Estelle: True Romance (Reviews) [6.Apr.15]
Bettye LaVette: Worthy (Reviews) [29.Jan.15]
I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch! (Columns) [27.Oct.14]
Gary Clark Jr.: Live (Reviews) [23.Oct.14]
Jessie Ware: Tough Love (Reviews) [22.Oct.14]
JW-Jones: Belmont Boulevard (Capsule Reviews) [13.Oct.14]
Songs of the Summers: The ‘60s (Mixed Media) [25.Aug.14]
Kelis - “Rumble” (video) (Mixed Media) [25.Mar.14]
John Newman: Tribute (Reviews) [28.Oct.13]
Ariana Grande: Yours Truly (Reviews) [12.Sep.13]
Omar: The Man (Reviews) [6.Sep.13]
Myron & E: Broadway (Reviews) [21.Aug.13]
Alice Russell: To Dust (Reviews) [1.May.13]
Charles Bradley: Victim of Love (Reviews) [3.Apr.13]
Kylie Auldist: Still Life (Reviews) [22.Jan.13]
Belleruche: Rollerchain (Reviews) [19.Aug.12]
Beta Hector: Sunbeam Insulin (Reviews) [20.Oct.11]
Trombone Shorty: For True (Reviews) [11.Oct.11]
Jim Keller: Soul Candy (Capsule Reviews) [11.Oct.11]
Big Harp: White Hat (Reviews) [12.Sep.11]
Syl Johnson: 24 June 2011 - Brooklyn (Notes from the Road) [8.Jul.11]
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