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Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: To Be True (Expanded Edition)

Stone-cold Philly Soul classic gets the reissue treatment, complete with bonus tracks and thorough liner notes.

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Eli Paperboy Reed: My Way Home

An invigorating slab of "garage soul", R&B shouter Reed's latest album, My Way Home, is a gospel-fused reinvention.

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Lack of Afro: Hello Baby

Technically, Hello Baby is a soul album, but in actuality it’s the furthest thing from it.

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5 Jun 2016 // 1:13 PM

William Bell’s Soul Still Rings

William Bell was there at Stax Records from the beginning.

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Watch Leon Bridges Sweet Homecoming in ‘This Is Home’ Short Documentary

Director Danny Clinch's short doc about Leon Bridges showcases calmer moments of the talented young soul singer's breakthrough year.

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Andre Williams: I Wanna Go Back to Detroit City

Motor City icon and veritable musical institution Andre Williams returns with a tough, cocksure love letter to his beloved city.

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31 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Empire: Season 2, Part 2

If Empirestretches audience goodwill a little too far, perhaps it can be forgiven; whatever its flaws, it never fails to entertain.

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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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