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30 Jun 2015 // 2:20 AM

Miguel: Wildheart

Wildheart is the sound of Miguel fully coming into his own , but we're still left feeling engaged but not thrilled, satisfied with the night out but lacking the impulse to text him back the next day.

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Royce Wood Junior: The Ashen Tang

Royce Wood Junior unleashes an unusual and heady mix of styles and talent on debut The Ashen Tang.

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19 Jun 2015 // 2:00 AM

Case: Heaven’s Door

Case delivers a pleasant, if predictable ‘grown and sexy’ effort on Heaven’s Door.

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Busty and the Bass - ‘Glam’ (album) (premiere)

The Canadian nine-piece band Busty and the Bass create an eclectic funk/soul/jazz hybrid on their debut album Glam.

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18 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Robert Glasper: Covered

Covered stands, in the end, as a multi-layered work possessing an air of adventure, while still remaining accessible. It’s a rewarding collection by one of the most significant composers and interpreters in contemporary jazz.

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Mad Satta - “Simpler Times” (audio) (Premiere)

On the dreamy new track "Simpler Times", Mad Satta embrace the timelessness of classic soul.

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Daisha - “Hiyah (F.O.H.)” (audio) (Premiere)

Confrontational and playful, Daisha's aggressive new single "Hiyah (F.O.H.)" wants to be your dance jam of the summer.

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16 Jun 2015 // 2:30 AM

Hudson Mohawke: Lantern

Boisterous beats, chintzy synths and quietly anthemic vocals bring electropop and hip-hop production together on Mohawke's first LP since 2009.

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Topher Mohr - ‘Phlowers’ (album stream) (premiere)

A hybrid of funk, soul, reggae, folk, and indie, singer-songwriter Topher Mohr's vibrant second album arrives just in time for summer.

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A$AP Rocky: At. Long. Last. A$AP.

If Live. Love. A$AP. was the start of Rocky's trip, then At. Long. Last. A$AP. makes for one hell of a disappointing comedown.

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11 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Snoop Dogg: Bush

Occasional vocal overproduction keep Bush from being an absolute home run, but it’s too much of a catchy, feel-good record to really slight.

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Steven Wilson Brings Songs of Urban Isolation to Chicago - 5 June 2015

The American leg of Steven Wilson's Hand. Cannot. Erase. tour finds the prolific musician in top visual and instrumental form, and his Chicago gigs at Park West were no exception.

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9 Jun 2015 // 12:28 PM

N.W.A. Reuniting for BET Festival

Three surviving members of the group N.W.A., which defined West Coast gangsta rap and forever changed American music culture, will reunite for a performance at the BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 27.

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Country Fried Rock: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Opening for the Rolling Stones might intimidate some bands, but in the case of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, it's Mick Jagger who might have reason to be afraid to come on stage.

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Homeboy Sandman: Tour Tape

This limited edition, tour-only cassette release finds Homeboy Sandman directing the conversation in hip-hop towards its pure founding ideals.

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Ethel Payne’s Abundance of Nerve

Pioneering journalist Ethel Payne witnessed – and made – history

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ROYAL - “Crash (feat. Lil John Roberts)” (video) (Premiere)

Atlanta hip-hop duo ROYAL (Devon Lee and mikeflo) host a house party jam with their latest music video, "Crash".

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Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment: Surf

Surf feels less like the progeny of Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap and more like its twin brother, and it will likely be remembered with the same high esteem.

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Jerry Lawson: Just a Mortal Man

Lawson’s experience in the industry has only blessed him with a greater step in his stride.

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3 Jun 2015 // 3:10 AM

Nosaj Thing: Fated

Fated exists as a road leading to a dead end, a journey with no arguable purpose.

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