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Charles Bradley’s Voice Full of Love and Hurt: The Interview

Soul master Charles Bradley talks about the painful changes that shaped his latest album and the way that his raw, powerful music helps him transcend heartache.

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Rising Appalachia - ‘Alive’ (album stream) (premiere)

Rising Appalachia create unifying, renewing live music that blends folk and soul sounds from around the world on their new album, Alive.

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Van Morrison: Roll with the Punches

Calling Morrison enigmatic is like calling candy sweet: it’s the defining characteristic. Morrison’s best music has always been complex and mysterious.

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On Discovering the In-your-face Glory of the Slits’ Album, ‘Cut’

The iconic cover plus hybrid punky-reggae establishes the Slits' Cut as a significant variation on the British late '70s DIY ethos.

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Bruce Sudano - “When Cinderella Dies” (video) (premiere)

Haunting and surreal, “When Cinderella Dies” is the latest video from singer-songwriter Bruce Sudano’s sixth solo album, 21st Century World.

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Bette Smith - “I Found Love” (audio) (premiere)

Brooklyn soul singer Bette Smith is a major new voice in soul music and her single "I Found Love" burns the house down with its incendiary heat.

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The Slits: Return of the Giant Slits

The post-punk pioneers' second album gets a reissue/remaster, but its anarchy and tumult still sounds one step too beyond (just as it did in 1981).

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Trevor Hall - “What I Know” (audio) (premiere)

When we let go of the answers and the analysis, joy can find its way through. So says Trevor Hall via this brand-new song.

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‘Soul Survivor’: On Al Green, Coming to Terms With His Powers

This book is a compelling and exhaustively detailed account of a man at peace with his life, a man who may... be pleased with a final exit that sees him keeling over dead in mid-sermon.

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Zeshan B Honors Family and Soul Music in Insightful 20 Questions

In which Zeshan Bagewadi expresses his love for his family, soul music, his city of Chicago, and assless chaps.

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The Brill Building, Broadway, and Beyond: R&B and Soul Singer-songwriter Joshie Armstead

Original Ikette and Northern Soul legend Joshie Armstead retraces her journey from Mississippi juke joints to revered music royalty.

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Racing - “Misbehaving” (video) (premiere)

New Zealanders Racing embrace the night life and decadence in new video.

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Various Artists: Inner Peace - Rare Spiritual Funk and Jazz Gems

Collecting rarities from the vaults of Mainstream Records, Inner Peace acts as both a fine showcase for the label’s founder and producer Bob Shad, as well as a shag-carpeted aural time capsule.

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Million Miles - “Ice Cream & Cigarettes” (video) (premiere)

French soul singer Million Miles emerges with a stunning new song announcing the arrival of a new talent.

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Zeshan B Performs Late Night Set at Mercury Lounge After Colbert

Powerful Chicago soul-singer dips into the '60s and '70s while dabbling in Urdu, Punjabi and Italian.

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18 Aug 2017 // 9:15 AM

Chase & Status - “Love Me More” ft. Emeli Sandé

This is a track built on a formula, but no formula exists to account for Sandé, and her performance is the kind of vocal that you scream along to, tears in your eyes, heart ready to burst.

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11 Aug 2017 // 11:20 AM

Khalid - “Young Dumb & Broke” (Singles Going Steady)

Khalid comes across like De La Soul’s nephew. “Young, Dumb and Broke” manages to be wryly funny and meaningful at the same time.

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8 Aug 2017 // 9:00 AM

Jessie Ware - “Midnight” (Singles Going Steady)

"Midnight" brilliantly balances between an atmospheric R&B dream setting and an upbeat, old-school soul chorus. Some hear "Bennie and the Jets".

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Jimmy Lumpkin and the Revival - ‘Home’ (album stream) (premiere)

Jimmy Lumpkin and the Revival serve up rocking Southern musical melting pot on new album Home.

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Various Artists: Zaire 74 - The African Artists

Perfectly preserved after 43 years, the legendary Rumble in the Jungle's musical pre-show is a knockout in its own right.

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