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Thursday, April 17 2014

Duck Sauce: Quack

They may not ever be able to achieve the dizzying heights of "Barbra Streisand", but Quack is more than worth the wait.


Talib Kweli: Gravitas

Although there are a few moments that lack the edge of his debut, Gravitas is a welcome return to form -- of sorts -- for Kweli.


Tuesday, April 15 2014

Sam Cooke’s “Tennessee Waltz”: A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.


Monday, March 31 2014

Rahdan Vandal - “İstanbul Çök Üstüme” (stream)

A haunting paean to one's home city.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

Blueprint - “Respect the Architect” (video) + Tour Dates

Blueprint's latest single, "Respect the Architect", makes a case for his place in the hip-hop pantheon. It's hard to argue with him when he drops lines like, "the rhyme is my funky drummer". Sublime.


Thursday, February 20 2014

The Rap Pack: Italy’s Indie-Rappers

Italy’s independent hip-hop scene has so far produced some of the brightest, most interesting artists on European shores.


Friday, February 14 2014

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: 6 February 2014 - Beacon Theatre, New York

Having beaten cancer, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings returned to the stage in NYC for a performance that was as invigorating as it was electrifying.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

Clear Soul Forces: Gold PP7’s

Clear Soul Forces put together a nostalgic and technically proficient album to establish themselves as one of the best up-and-coming rap groups around.


Monday, October 28 2013

John Newman: Tribute

The best new soul singer in a good long while has emerged from the Yorkshire Dales. Get ready. It's John Newman's world, we just live in it.


Friday, October 25 2013

‘Wild Style’, Recalls When the Bronx Boys Met the Manhattan Art Set

An engaging hybrid of studio era Hollywood amusement and macho B-boy rebel theatrics.


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