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23 Nov 2015 // 1:00 PM

The Nightowls: Fame Sessions

For their latest, Austin’s the Nightowls head straight to the source to create an album worthy of inclusion alongside the many classics to have come out of the legendary Fame studios.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

Son Little: Son Little

He says he’s a loser. But you know he doesn’t mean it. And he knows you know he doesn’t mean it—and that makes it sincere (with an emphasis on the sin!).

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18 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

CeeLo Green: Heart Blanche

A decent album of pop-soul is dragged down by its three worst tracks, which also happen to be the record's biggest and boldest.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Bobby Womack: The Preacher

By collecting the late Bobby Womack’s first five albums in one place, The Preacher follows the soul great’s evolution from influenced to influence.

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JJ Rosa - “Tonight” (audio) (premiere)

It's not every day you come across a young musician who can evoke Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Nile Rodgers all at once.

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16 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

John Newman: Revolve

That huge voice -- and those glossy production values -- are in full force on album No. 2.

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10 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still

Standing Still bleeds organic warmth—the kind sorely lacking from today's high-fructose musical fare.

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Brenna Whitaker - “Anyone Who Had a Heart” (audio) (premiere)

The rising jazz/pop singer knocks a Bacharach classic out of the park.

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Dioni - “Shades of Melancholy (George Priniotakis Chillout Remix)” (video) (premiere)

The Australian blends soul and trip-hop on her sultry new single.

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2 Nov 2015 // 1:20 AM

Chic: An Evening With Chic

This works more as a reminder of how great Chic's music is, rather than how integral this live document is to their legacy.

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Singer Leon Bridges Goes From Dishwashing to Soul Mining

“Having all the tags of retro soul, it’s almost made me question myself and what I do,” Leon Bridges says.

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James and the Drifters - “Get the Spirit” (audio) (premiere)

The Indiana band return with a new lineup and a new dedication to classic soul music.

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Rudimental: We the Generation

Rudimental need to have greater ambitions than just performing with important guests. They need to find something to say.

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Tamy - “Dava Pra Ver” (audio) (premiere)

The Brazilian singer-songwriter takes her wide-ranging talent to American shores.

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Dr. John: The Atco/Atlantic Singles, 1968-1974

A new singles compilation captures a key era in Dr. John's six-decade career.

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Blindman - “Feels Good” (audio) (premiere)

Multiple genres mesh together comfortably on this vibrant pop/reggae track.

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13 Oct 2015 // 1:05 AM

VV Brown: Glitch

Repeated listening doesn't make things clearer nor catchier, as its obtuseness makes what is indeterminate less than compelling.

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Stick Against Stone - “Grace” (audio) (premiere)

The cult faves have finished their debut album, which has been only 30 years in the making.

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Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: Happiness in Every Style

Entertaining soul outfit hits mark one more time.

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Nikki Hill - “(Let Me Tell You Bout) LUV” (audio) (premiere)

When you have a powerful Southern soul singer with a penchant for AC/DC, you know you're going to get something badass.

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