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Avery*Sunshine: Twenty Sixty Four

Avery*Sunshine focuses on the power of love and relationships on Twenty Sixty Four, her sophomore project for Shanachie.

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3 May 2017 // 10:15 AM

Sampha’s Sonic Serenity Is All About the Process

If there’s one major takeaway Sampha says he garnered from creating his album it was learning to embrace the spirit of collaboration.

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On Wanting Sly Stone to Take Us Higher Yet Again

Sly Stone was one of the first audacious badasses of modern black pop music, a hero and then an anti-hero to millions.

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Mack Keane ‘2107’ EP (premiere)

You can hear a bit of Jamie Lidell and even Bruno Mars in Mack Keane's soul-pop sound, but it's clear from his debut effort he's carving out a sound all his own.

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Remembering Prince’s Greatest Epic: 30 Years of  “Sign ‘O’ The Times”

One year after Prince's shocking death, we celebrate his greatest musical achievement as it passes its 30-year anniversary: Sign ☮ the Times

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20 Apr 2017 // 8:46 AM

Jamiroquai: Automaton

After a seven-year hiatus, Jay Kay and band return with a sharp view of technological dominance.

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19 Apr 2017 // 8:31 AM

Somi: Petite Afrique

Stories of Harlem dance with soul, jazz, and West African rhythms on Somi's Petite Afrique.

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Ripples in the Water: A Conversation With Nick Allbrook of Pond

Nick Allbrook discusses politics, new music from Pond, and the influence of his native country, Australia, on his music.

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Chicano Batman Rocks, in Addition to Having the Best Name in Rock

Freedom Is Free is meticulous and focused, concentrating on the band’s mutual love of soul music.

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Filmmaker as Prism: An Interview With Terence Davies of ‘A Quiet Passion’

Davies reflects on his response to Emily Dickinson's work and the echoes of the poet within himself.

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Ruby Amanfu Gives Rich Emotional and Musical Experience at Lincoln Center

Amanfu's rich, gorgeous set alternately had people itching to dance or wiping away tears.

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Amy Black - “The Blackest Cloud” (video) (premiere)

In which Nashville's Amy Black travels to Memphis to immerse herself in the steamy, horn-driven soul and gritty blues of the city's musical scene.

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Lettuce Tackles Mt. Crushmore in Uptown Oakland

Trumpeter Eric Bloom is the unsung hero of the night, leading Lettuce through some jazzy space jams that conjure the greatness of the Miles Davis fusion era.

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Blood Orange - “With Him / Best to You / Better Numb” (Singles Going Steady)

Blood Orange brings us a kaleidoscopic sampler of audiovisual creations.

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Hot 8 Brass Band - “Can’t Nobody Get Down” (video) (premiere)

Legendary New Orleans brass band, the Hot 8 Brass Band, brings the joy with their new single "Can't Nobody Get Down" off new LP On the Spot.

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Trombone Shorty Shares New Song “Dirty Water” Ahead of Tour

Trombone Shorty shares soulful new single "Dirty Water" ahead of Blue Note debut album release,

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Soulstress Tanika Charles Shares New Song “Two Steps” (premiere)

Canadian soulstress Tanika Charles aims her music at international audiences on her break-out debut album, Soul Run.

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Samantha Fish: Chills & Fever

Chills & Fever finds Samantha Fish injecting a dose of Detroit-bred garage rock into her paradigm of Memphis soul, Delta blues, and Motown R&B.

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Donald Byrd: Love Has Come Around - The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

Donald Byrd’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s studio albums are sliced and diced in this newly issued collection of the most forgettable era of his otherwise illustrious and well-regarded career.

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Nate Smith: Kinfolk - Postcards from Everywhere

A veteran jazz drummer has produced a terrific collection that straddles jazz and contemporary soul without any of the compromise you expect. It's Glasper-esque... in the best way.

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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