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Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes: Baby Caught The Bus

The pull of old soul and R&B has extended all the way to Australia.

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Istanbul Calling: Hip-Hop in the Melting Pot

At once ancient and modern, Istanbul, one of the world's most eclectic and evolving cities, adds yet another element into its cultural melting pot: hip-hop, a music and subculture that has impassioned many Turks -- and infuriated others.

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4 Aug 2013 // 10:03 PM

Freddie Gibbs: ESGN

After freeing himself of any obligation to Young Jeezy's CTE imprint, the Internet's gangster-rap messiah turns to the increasingly indie iTunes to maintain his role as the man who would be king.

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Otis Redding: The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection

This sprawling new box featuring every A- and B-side Redding produced is a must for any fan of soul music and a reminder that the singer was truly one of the greatest treasures American popular music has ever produced.

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PopMatters at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (Day One: 19 July 2013)

Sunshine and rain, harps and hardcore, and even a giant musical Tesla coil; Day One at Pitchfork 2013 was a gloriously uneven experience.

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28 Jul 2013 // 10:06 PM

Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke delves into '70s funk and controversy.

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28 Jul 2013 // 10:05 PM

Buddy Guy: Rhythm & Blues

Even if it is a little too star-studded, Rhythm & Blues is another unwavering piece of devotion from Buddy Guy.

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Swamp Dogg: Gag a Maggot / Irma Thomas: In Between Tears

Sticking around can pay off in the music business.

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Mayer Hawthorne: Where Does This Door Go

Even with the thematic of sex being awkward and mean-spirited, the LP is a joy to listen to and fans of Steely Dan will find much to admire here.

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J. Cole: Born Sinner

J. Cole delivers with an impressive second album.

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Redtenbacher’s Funkestra: The Cooker

Consistent and enjoyable, The Cooker serves as a triumphant showcase of top-rate musicianship.

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Hailing from a town that's more famous for its breweries than rap music, Dana Coppafeel and Speak Easy are out to change that.

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The Top 20 Jay-Z Songs to Date

As Hov readies the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, it's time to take a look at the 20 best songs his career has offered so far.

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Turkish Beatmaker Da Poet Offers Up a Great New Record with ‘Beattape’

The beatmaker and rapper from Turkey offers up a moody cocktail of sumptious jazz samples, arabesque sounds and chilled hip-hop rhythms on his latest instrumental outing.

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Kanye West: Yeezus (take two)

Yeezus will be brilliant to some, terrible to others. The truth lies somewhere in between.

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Kelly Rowland: Talk a Good Game

Kelly Rowland delivers another mediocre album that's nothing special, yet again.

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24 Jun 2013 // 10:05 PM

Wale: The Gifted

The Gifted proves to be an extraordinary ‘gift’ to any hip-hop collection.

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Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap

On his second mixtape Chicago's Chance the Rapper takes us on a psychedelic journey that's as ambitious as it is appealing.

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17 Jun 2013 // 10:05 PM

Quasimoto: Yessir Whatever

The astro-traveling, high-pitched, bad character of hip-hop makes his return after an eight-year break.

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Rahdan & Buğra Milat feat. Kerim Erduran - “Yatsı Vakti” (video)

Three Turkish rappers take aim with a polemically-charged and a socially-conscious number.

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2015 Nelsonville Music Festival - 28-31 May, 2015 (Photos)

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"Merle Haggard, St. Vincent, and the Flaming Lips headed up another eclectic year at Ohio's Nelsonville Music Festival.

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