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Bobby Rush: Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History Of Bobby Rush

An amazingly curated and lovingly rendered collection that examines the wildly entertaining music of Bobby Rush.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 8 - “My Bad Parts”

At only halfway through the show’s second season, there is still a lot of space for Empire's writers to surprise us, but the further the show strays into melodramatic cliche, the less likely it seems they will.

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24 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

J Dilla: Dillatronic

Ma Dukes digs into her late son's backlog of unreleased work for a 41-track album of instrumental cuts influenced by electronic music.

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Lili N - “One” (audio) (premiere)

The young Italian artist steps out of the movie business and into music without missing a beat.

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23 Nov 2015 // 1:00 PM

The Nightowls: Fame Sessions

For their latest, Austin’s the Nightowls head straight to the source to create an album worthy of inclusion alongside the many classics to have come out of the legendary Fame studios.

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23 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

Son Little: Son Little

He says he’s a loser. But you know he doesn’t mean it. And he knows you know he doesn’t mean it—and that makes it sincere (with an emphasis on the sin!).

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Indigo Face - “At the Gate” (video) (premiere)

The European band's sensual pop hybrid comes into full bloom in their new video.

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18 Nov 2015 // 2:15 AM

CeeLo Green: Heart Blanche

A decent album of pop-soul is dragged down by its three worst tracks, which also happen to be the record's biggest and boldest.

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17 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Bobby Womack: The Preacher

By collecting the late Bobby Womack’s first five albums in one place, The Preacher follows the soul great’s evolution from influenced to influence.

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Empire: Season 2, Episodes 5-6 - “A High Hope for a Low Heaven” / “True Love Never”

By introducing new plot lines and dramatic twists and turns without ever really capitalizing on the ones already set up, Empire's offering too many loose ends and half-developed characters about whom it's incredibly difficult to care.

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16 Nov 2015 // 2:10 AM

John Newman: Revolve

That huge voice -- and those glossy production values -- are in full force on album No. 2.

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Chi - “Antidote” (video) (premiere)

The Bristol-born singer makes a strong first impression on this special live performance.

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11 Nov 2015 // 3:30 PM

Adian Coker - “Been There”

The British rapper's latest material sees him minimizing the aggression of his grittier excursions for a cooled and measured flow of liquid rhymes.

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11 Nov 2015 // 1:30 PM

90BPM - “Istanbul” (video)

A strange and catchy sampling of what is brewing in Turkey's underground hip-hop scene, 90BPM offer their latest single from their premiere album.

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The Bad Tenants - “Loudmouths” (video) (premiere)

Sometimes all you need for a good music video is a cube van and some imagination.

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F.Y.I. - “Hueman” (audio) (premiere)

The LA rapper delivers a strong, thoughtful message on his new track.

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10 Nov 2015 // 2:05 AM

Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still

Standing Still bleeds organic warmth—the kind sorely lacking from today's high-fructose musical fare.

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Sugar Joans - “NVR” (audio) (premiere)

The young singer makes a strong first impression on her edgy new R&B track.

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Spoken-Hearted: An Interview With OVEOUS

Finding a softly sensual counterpoint to the minimal robotic grooves, rapper OVEOUS employs a haunting and hot-blooded practice in humanizing the machine.

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6 Nov 2015 // 12:00 PM

Freddie Gibbs - “Fuckin’ Up the Count” (Singles Going Steady)

Hearing Freddie rap is the closest anyone has come to sounding like Tupac without explicitly trying to sound like Tupac.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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