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Umphrey’s McGee - “Bad Friday” (audio) (Premiere)

The Chicago prog jam outfit Umphrey's McGee were given 12 hours in the legendary Abbey Road studios. The funky and groovy "Bad Friday" is one of the results of that fruitful time in the studio.

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Galactic Blasts Off in San Diego - 3 March 2015

Any chance to get a taste of one of New Orleans’ best sonic flavors is one to be savored, and Galactic did not disappoint San Diego.

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Diana Ross: 3 February 2015 - Brooklyn, New York

Diana Ross inaugurated the historic reopening of Kings Theatre in Brooklyn with a dazzling lesson in longevity.

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29 Jan 2015 // 3:06 AM

Bettye LaVette: Worthy

More than 50 years into her career, Bettye LaVette still has a voice for the ages.

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Andy Stott: Faith in Strangers

With an astonishing lead single and an enveloping album besides, the Manchester producer offers the most vivid expression of his ghostly, brooding vision yet.

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Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers

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Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records

This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.

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Aretha Franklin Takes Other Singers to School on Her New ‘Great Diva Classics’

As you listen to Aretha Franklin’s new album, it’s hard not to sense an unspoken message to the world: “Step aside, ladies — here

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Emma Donovan & The PutBacks - “Dawn” EPK (video) (Premiere)

Take an advanced look at the recording process behind the funky forthcoming album by the Australian soul outfit Emma Donovan & The PutBacks.

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I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.

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Jaco Pastorius: Anthology: The Warner Bros. Years

Jazz's troubled bassist gets another posthumous collection. No new insights gained here, just a reminder of his ambitions.

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The Maytags - “Cassius” (audio) (Premiere)

The neo-soul of the Maytags' latest number, "Cassius", is an inviting sample of what's to come on the group's forthcoming EP, Nova.

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23 Oct 2014 // 2:04 AM

Gary Clark Jr.: Live

This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.

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22 Oct 2014 // 2:05 AM

Jessie Ware: Tough Love

Jessie Ware supplies more late-night soul on her sophomore effort, an album that finds her subtly expanding her much-lauded R&B sound.

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Maya Angelou Meets Funk and Hip-Hop in “On Aging” (audio) (Premiere)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more creative way to celebrate the legacy of Maya Angelou than to put some slap bass behind her evocative spoken word poetry.

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16 Oct 2014 // 11:53 AM

Andy Stott - “Faith in Strangers” (audio)

Today Manchester electronic music producer Andy Stott unveils the title track from his upcoming release Faith in Strangers’.

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Flow Tribe - “Back and Forth (Live)” (video) (Premiere)

For those keen on funky, NOLA grooves, Flow Tribe's "Back and Forth" will do the trick just right.

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MoZaic - “Unexpected Turns Part 1: The Prologue” (video) (Premiere)

The brief video for the smooth electro-soul of Mozaic's four-part series "Unexpected Turns" leaves a whole lot of questions unanswered.

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13 Oct 2014 // 12:30 PM

JW-Jones: Belmont Boulevard

With some luck, we’ll be talking about JW-Jones in the same breath as we do Johnny Winter and Jimmie Vaughan.

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King Khan and the Shrines Play KEXP (video)

Psychedelic soul band King Khan and the Shrines played an incindiery show on KEXP back in March and today the radio station has released the videos on YouTube.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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