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Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Police and Thieves’

The international success of 'Police and Thieves' made it ubiquitous for fans of reggae and punk alike, but the album's roots are particular to the inner workings of vital, very-much-Jamaican studios like the Black Ark.

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Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Super Ape’

From the irresistible call of the opening drums to the indeterminate farewell of the last, fading chant, 'Super Ape' incarnates a sonic world, a microcosm of rhythm, mix, melody, and toasting that, whatever your personal tastes, stands replete and to itself.

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Grupo Fantasma: El Existential

On their fourth studio album, Grupo Fantasma continue to throw elements of funk, reggae, and rock into their danceable stew of Latin American styles and somehow make it sound completely natural.

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At its best, Cologne's Phantom Band offered a sense of what Can might have sounded like had the group pursued its original vision into the 1980s.

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Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy

New Orleans jazz drummer Stanton Moore is ready to take you to school.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings: 30.April.2010 - New York

An explosion of energy and sound, Sharon Jones led her Dap Kings through a two-hour set at the Apollo Theater, Friday night, in support of their new record, I Learned the Hard Way.

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Solomon Burke: Nothing’s Impossible

After four albums of Americana crossover, Solomon Burke reminds us he’s a soul singer by joining forces with the late producer Willie Mitchell.

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Joyo Velarde: Love and Understanding

Filipino diva and frequent contributor to Lyrics Born records takes a nostalgic, R&B stab at her own LP.

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Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh

You may not want to fall in love with this 21st century siren, but chances are good that you will. That is, if you know what's good for ya.

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16 Mar 2010 // 8:59 PM

Whitefield Brothers: Earthology

The Whitefield Brothers continue to flirt with Afrobeat and exotica on their sophomore release.

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The Slits: Trapped Animal

The expected socially conscious themes are supported by more polished punk-reggae styles and vocals, as well as newer dubiously successful electronic experiments, but are plagued by clumsily wrought lyrics.

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Nas and Damien Marley - Distant Relatives (video)

One is arguably the most iconic lyricist in rap history; the other is a reggae star and the son of a legendary musician/activist (Bob

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Maiysha: 23.Jan.10 - New York

Maiysha takes The Blue Note stage to record live follow-up to her Grammy-nominated debut.

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Gold Mining with Daptone: Interview with Gabriel Roth

PopMatters' Sarah Moore speaks with Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth about the recent Daptone Gold release.

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Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Horace Andy and Alpha: Two Phazed People

With the help of Alpha’s confident, well-crafted beats, Horace Andy proves that he is still in integral part of the music world.

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Carla Bley: Carla’s Christmas Carols

These beautifully arranged pieces place this among the really enjoyable and surprising Christmas albums.

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The CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival invades New York City this week. Here's the latest from PopMatters' writers on the beat.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: An Interview with Meshell Ndegeocello

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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11 Oct 2009 // 9:00 PM

The Messengers

K'naan's The Messengers series is a trilogy of episodes designed to highlight the genius of Nigeria's Fela Kuti, Jamaica's Bob Marley, and the United States' Bob Dylan.

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St. Vincent, Beck, and More Heat Up Boston Calling on Memorial Day Weekend

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"With vibrant performances by artists including St. Vincent and TV on the Radio, the first half of the bi-annual Boston Calling Festival brought additional excitement to Memorial Day weekend.

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