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20 May 2016 // 2:05 AM

Lifetones: For a Reason

After his band This Heat came to an end, Charles Bullen saw signs of imminent destruction all around him. This six-song record is a chronicle of that time.

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Winfield Parker: Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac

Baltimore-born Winfield Parker's sides for the Ru-Jac label were more often hits than misses. This new collection explores the best and worst moments of his time on that tiny label.

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Bonnie Bishop - “Mercy” (audio) (premiere)

The gentle grooves of Bonnie Bishop's music and her gorgeous vocals remind one of Dusty Springfield at her best as you'll hear on the new single "Mercy".

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Ruby Friedman Orchestra - “I’m Not Your Friend” (audio) (premiere)

Ruby Friedman is one hell of a frontwoman with a completely unique and transfixing voice laden with passion.

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Various Artists: Loma - A Soul Music Love Affair Volumes 1 - 4

Future Days Recordings gives us four wax platters that uncover a soul label that time has essentially buried.

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Bailey Rae's third album shines a spotlight on how versatile the singer has become.

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Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley

The jazz/soul singer serves up a record even stronger than his last, built on feeling, canny arrangements, and a spectacular voice.

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10 May 2016 // 11:04 AM

Alicia Keys - “In Common” (Singles Going Steady)

"In Common" adds up to an exciting, intriguing comeback single for Alicia Keys.

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9 May 2016 // 1:30 PM

Seven Davis Jr - “Church” (Singles Going Steady)

Davis takes his cues from P-Funk, turning the grooves on their ear while maintaining a unique vision. Weird and fun.

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9 May 2016 // 12:20 PM

Boulevards - “Move and Shout” (Singles Going Steady)

"Move and Shout" is an infectious, possessed-by-the-groove throwback jam that openly avows its debt to '80s disco-funk.

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Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

Janiva Magness shows off a happier and freer side of herself on Love Wins Again.

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6 May 2016 // 8:49 AM

Terra Lightfoot - “Never Will” (video) (premiere)

Drawing from rock, soul and blues, Terra Lightfoot is a monster talent that will be gracing the world's largest festival stages in no time.

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3 May 2016 // 1:08 PM

Laura Mvula - “Phenomenal Woman” (Singles Going Steady)

You have to give it to Laura Mvula; her vocal chops are second to none.

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Otis Redding - “Try a Little Tenderness” (Singles Going Steady Classic)

Otis Redding's raw, feverishly passionate soul vocals have become a touchstone for every singer to emerge in his wake.

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All the WOO in the World: An All-star Benefit for P-Funk Legend Bernie Worrell

The Wizard of WOO got his due as Nona Hendryx brought together George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Living Colour, David Byrne, Meryl Streep, and dozens more.

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14 Apr 2016 // 8:57 AM

DâM-FunK Curates the Next DJ Kicks Set

PopMatters funk favorite DâM-FunK headlines the latest DJ Kicks release coming in May.

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Mayer Hawthorne: Man About Town

Mayer Hawthorne returns to form with a pop-soul record that echoes his first two albums.

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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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Various Artists: Looking Stateside: 80 U.S. R&B, Mod, Soul & Garage Nuggets

A copious collection of '60s deep cuts pulled from the vaults of a diverse and exciting catalog

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Anthony Hamilton: What I’m Feelin’

A reflective record for a man much more conflicted than one might guess, What I'm Feelin' turns out to be somewhat of a fascinating listen.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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