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Topher Mohr - ‘Phlowers’ (album stream) (premiere)

A hybrid of funk, soul, reggae, folk, and indie, singer-songwriter Topher Mohr's vibrant second album arrives just in time for summer.

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A$AP Rocky: At. Long. Last. A$AP.

If Live. Love. A$AP. was the start of Rocky's trip, then At. Long. Last. A$AP. makes for one hell of a disappointing comedown.

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11 Jun 2015 // 1:15 AM

Snoop Dogg: Bush

Occasional vocal overproduction keep Bush from being an absolute home run, but it’s too much of a catchy, feel-good record to really slight.

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Steven Wilson Brings Songs of Urban Isolation to Chicago - 5 June 2015

The American leg of Steven Wilson's Hand. Cannot. Erase. tour finds the prolific musician in top visual and instrumental form, and his Chicago gigs at Park West were no exception.

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9 Jun 2015 // 11:28 AM

N.W.A. Reuniting for BET Festival

Three surviving members of the group N.W.A., which defined West Coast gangsta rap and forever changed American music culture, will reunite for a performance at the BET Experience in Los Angeles on June 27.

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Country Fried Rock: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Opening for the Rolling Stones might intimidate some bands, but in the case of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, it's Mick Jagger who might have reason to be afraid to come on stage.

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Homeboy Sandman: Tour Tape

This limited edition, tour-only cassette release finds Homeboy Sandman directing the conversation in hip-hop towards its pure founding ideals.

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Ethel Payne’s Abundance of Nerve

Pioneering journalist Ethel Payne witnessed – and made – history

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ROYAL - “Crash (feat. Lil John Roberts)” (video) (Premiere)

Atlanta hip-hop duo ROYAL (Devon Lee and mikeflo) host a house party jam with their latest music video, "Crash".

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Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment: Surf

Surf feels less like the progeny of Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap and more like its twin brother, and it will likely be remembered with the same high esteem.

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Jerry Lawson: Just a Mortal Man

Lawson’s experience in the industry has only blessed him with a greater step in his stride.

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3 Jun 2015 // 2:10 AM

Nosaj Thing: Fated

Fated exists as a road leading to a dead end, a journey with no arguable purpose.

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Who Will Survive in America? Kanye West’s Hybridization of Hip-Hop

Kanye West's melding of multiple genres into the hip-hop fold is a complex act that challenges the dominant white notions of what constitutes true "art" music.

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Raheem DeVaughn: Love Sex Passion

An underrated soul singer offers up one of his strongest sets to date.

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Amy Black - “Bring It On Home to Me” (video) (Premiere)

In taking on a tune by the great Sam Cooke, Amy Black dives into a joyous vocal performance and a goofy character to really "Bring It On Home".

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Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune

Though only four songs long, her latest, Your Good Fortune, offers a succinct summation of Staples’ range and ability.

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Socalled feat. Jordanna Singer and Narcy - “Boyfriend Material” (video) (Premiere)

Montréal's own Socalled invents "a high school nightmare/dream with a Romanian flute loop hall pass" for the playful video to "Boyfriend Material".

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Raekwon: Fly International Luxurious Art

The world of top-40 rap proves to be to Raekwon what dry land is to Aquaman.

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Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection serves as a masterful representation of Billie Holiday’s enduring legacy.

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Young Fathers Want to Change What’s Normal

With their new album White Men Are Black Men Too, Young Fathers look to shake people from complacency and change their understanding of pop.

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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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