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Coming in to Land: Pigeon John Inducts Hip-Hop Into the Twilight Zone

Hip-hop’s most loquacious jester forges ahead into a twilight zone of skewed and jacked up hip-hop.

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Melissa Etheridge: MEmphis Rock and Soul

MEmphis Rock and Soul finds Etheridge lacking the secret ingredient that once made these songs timeless classics.

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Lizz Wright Plays Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s Centennial Birthday with New Video (premiere)

Lizz Wright celebrates the music of Ella Fitzgerald at a special concert this Saturday, October 22nd at the Apollo Theater in NYC and shares new video.

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20 Oct 2016 // 2:20 AM

Gucci Mane: WOPTOBER

WOPTOBER plays more like one of Gucci Mane's mixtapes than it does a traditional major label rap album.

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19 Oct 2016 // 11:31 AM

Kimbra - “Sweet Relief” (Singles Going Steady)

Kimbra's voice is always powerful, and here, it may even be at its strongest, a warm blend of soul, jazz, and pop.

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19 Oct 2016 // 10:32 AM

The Weeknd - “Starboy” ft. Daft Punk (Singles Going Steady)

The Weeknd returns with one of his tightest pop singles yet.

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The Seshen: Flames & Figures

While there are tracks that stand out, Flames & Figures genuinely suffers from monotony in its attitude and aura.

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Die Antwoord: Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid

Die Antwoord's latest is an album that’s too obnoxious when it’s not boring and too boring when it’s not obnoxious.

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17 Oct 2016 // 2:15 AM

AlunaGeorge: I Remember

AlunaGeorge double down on a radio-friendly approach, but their latest effort suffers for a lack of variety.

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Isaiah Rashad: The Sun’s Tirade

Isaiah Rashad doesn't go out of his way to prove his transcendent talent on The Sun's Tirade, but it's undeniable by the album's conclusion.

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Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown's latest album is also his greatest musical achievement.

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Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

A throwback for the ages, long live Bobby Rush and his funked up soul blues.

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Betty Harris: The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul

Of course, this is New Orleans music so much of the best stuff has a strong sexual presence. Harris’ excitement is itself exciting.

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Gene & Eddie: True Enough: Gene & Eddie With Sir Joe at Ru-Jac

Omnivore Recordings continues gets it right with latest reissue of the Maryland-based Ru-Jac label.

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5 Oct 2016 // 2:30 AM

Banks: The Altar

The high points of The Altar are nearly perfect, but are outnumbered by a middle section comprised of unremarkable, uninspired filler.

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4 Oct 2016 // 2:05 AM

Tory Lanez: I Told You

Tory Lanez has never done anything even close to warranting as much ambition as I Told You contains.

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“Music Is Up There and You Can’t Touch It”: Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album ‘Stripped’

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

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Mac Miller: The Divine Feminine

When you can't rap or sing, but you want to declare your love to your new woman, you might as well do it through groove.

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30 Sep 2016 // 11:43 AM

Kanye West - “Fade” (Singles Going Steady)

Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century.

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29 Sep 2016 // 11:01 AM

Common Still Making Sense in Shaping Hip-Hop

Common: "I feel energized right now by all the beautiful art out there -- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book (Between the World and Me), Hamilton, what’s going on in Chicago hip-hop. I’ve been rereading James Baldwin. I feel sparked as an artist."

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

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"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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