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27 May 2016 // 10:45 AM

Shabazz Palaces - “Dawn in Luxor” (Singles Going Steady)

"Luxor" seems like an Afro-futurist ether-world, a place where oppressed populations can congregate and, if necessary, escape to.

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Professor Longhair: Live In Chicago (take 2)

Archival live performance captured at the 1976 Chicago Folk Festival offers a fine reminder of the genius of Professor Longhair.

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26 May 2016 // 9:32 AM

Kaytranada - “Lite Spots” (Singles Going Steady)

It's a testament to Kaytranada's skill as a songsmith that a cut this jumbled and frenetic, this high-on-something, sounds so totally pure.

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - “Dance Off” feat. Idris Elba (Singles Going Steady)

It's an enigma that the same Macklemore who made "Same Love", "Wings" and "White Priviledge II" could make such banal, in-bad-taste dancehall hip-hop.

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A Poetic Filament: An Interview with Writer and Musician Azeem

What you hear in Azeem's music is bluster and anger, a rage of words and sound. But at the very core of his sonic tirade is the enveloping silence of anagogic contemplation.

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Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book

On his third solo mixtape, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper preaches the gospel of community.

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Street Roving in ‘Downtown 81’ and ‘Wild Style’

These two films speak earnestly to the nature of creativity and the sense of urgency one often experiences in producing a work of art – especially when faced with little to no means during the creative process.

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20 May 2016 // 1:55 PM

U.S. Girls - “New Age Thriller” (Singles Going Steady)

Cryptic, moody, and possessed by a nearly Lynchian sense of unease, "New Age Thriller" is a demented avant-pop vignette.

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19 May 2016 // 12:09 PM

D∆WN (Dawn Richard) - “Wake Up” (Singles Going Steady)

Cleaving electronic diva-pop to the drop-obsessed schizophrenia of contemporary EDM, "Wake Up" is a feverishly high-energy R&B convulsion.

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James Blake: The Colour in Anything

James Blake had it in him to release a great album here. He just chose not to.

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Winfield Parker: Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac

Baltimore-born Winfield Parker's sides for the Ru-Jac label were more often hits than misses. This new collection explores the best and worst moments of his time on that tiny label.

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17 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

World Renown: An Interview With Mr. Lif

It's been seven years since we last got an album from Mr. Lif, but his journey towards his latest involved seeing old friends and (of course) a Balkan brass band.

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17 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Jessy Lanza: Oh No

“I just want to impress you," Lanza explains on “Going Somewhere”, and anybody who listens to Oh No can confirm that she’s succeeded.

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16 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Janet Jackson - “Dammn Baby” (Singles Going Steady)

One says the song is "an unimpeachable work of pop artistry" and another says it's "a fairly standard R&B dance groove". Who's right?

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16 May 2016 // 9:45 AM

Concert review: Beyoncé‘s Faithful in ‘Formation’

Saturday during her sold-out Formation tour stop in Pasadena, Beyoncé’s passion and rage ruled.

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Various Artists: Loma - A Soul Music Love Affair Volumes 1 - 4

Future Days Recordings gives us four wax platters that uncover a soul label that time has essentially buried.

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Justin Timberlake - “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Singles Going Steady)

"Can't Stop the Feeling" is a nonsensical but serotonin-pumping pop confection that cares more about uprooting your feet than animating your intellect.

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12 May 2016 // 10:00 AM

Skepta - “Man” (Singles Going Steady)

"Man" showcases Skepta's nimble, fist-clenched flow and idiosyncratic approach to English grime.

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Bailey Rae's third album shines a spotlight on how versatile the singer has become.

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11 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

ZAYN: Mind of Mine

It's not that Zayn's proving people wrong so much as he's proving himself right.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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