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DJ Krush: Butterfly Effect

After a ten-year hiatus, the trip-hop legend returns to find the times have caught up with him.

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The Staple Singers: Faith & Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976

History comes vibrantly alive on this comprehensive four-CD set of the influential family group who merged gospel, soul, and blues into a uniquely influential, perpetually uplifting sound.

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Many Strings to a Fiddle: The (Other)Worldly Sounds of QViolin

An astonishing performer of mixed heritage, Quetzal Guerrero (QViolin) finds a balance between down home earthy blues and the simmering elegance of otherworldly Latin rock.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 10 - “Et tu, Brute?”

Given this episode's recycling of season one's plot, it seems as though we’ve maybe seen most of what Empire has to offer.

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2 Dec 2015 // 3:04 AM

Roots Manuva: Bleeds

Roots Manuva proves that he stands high above the game on the fantastic Bleeds

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Freddie Gibbs: Shadow of a Doubt

On Shadow of a Doubt, nostalgia and desperation coat some of these songs, making the pain of them seem realer, while also giving us new angles on common crime-rap tropes.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 9 - “Sinned Against”

This week's episode "Sinned Against" was aptly titled, as it seemed a blatant transgression against believability and audience investment in the show.

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Deanna Devore - “I Tried” (video) (premiere)

The singer-songwriter releases a video for her Chance the Rapper-approved new single.

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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 // 3:05 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 // 2:00 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 // 3:10 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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Art “Turk” Brown and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now

Live and studio performances from members of Chicago’s acclaimed AACM collective, Spirits manages to capture the sound and feel of the original without sounding wholly derivative.

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18 Nov 2015 // 3:15 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 // 3:05 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 // 3:10 AM

John Newman: Revolve

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

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