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Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.

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Aretha Franklin Takes Other Singers to School on Her New ‘Great Diva Classics’

As you listen to Aretha Franklin’s new album, it’s hard not to sense an unspoken message to the world: “Step aside, ladies — here

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27 Oct 2014 // 11:30 AM

Kypski: Wreck Fader

If you’re looking for a sonic adventure, and love the sound and warmth of old analog records mixed in with squelchy keyboard sounds, look no further.

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I’m Rick James’ Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.

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24 Oct 2014 // 1:01 AM

Tre Mission: Stigmata

Tre Mission proves nonconformity pays off on debut Stigmata.

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23 Oct 2014 // 1:04 AM

Gary Clark Jr.: Live

This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.

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22 Oct 2014 // 1:05 AM

Jessie Ware: Tough Love

Jessie Ware supplies more late-night soul on her sophomore effort, an album that finds her subtly expanding her much-lauded R&B sound.

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Maya Angelou Meets Funk and Hip-Hop in “On Aging” (audio) (Premiere)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more creative way to celebrate the legacy of Maya Angelou than to put some slap bass behind her evocative spoken word poetry.

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Guilty Simpson: The Simpson Tape

Simpson's grumbling's gotten boring, but Oh-No's beats are as fresh as they've ever been (straight off the farm, we're talking).

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Da Poet - “Instrumentals Vol. 5” (audio)

Turkish rapper Da Poet returns with another set of moody hip-hop instrumentals.

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MoZaic - “Unexpected Turns Part 1: The Prologue” (video) (Premiere)

The brief video for the smooth electro-soul of Mozaic's four-part series "Unexpected Turns" leaves a whole lot of questions unanswered.

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King Khan and the Shrines Play KEXP (video)

Psychedelic soul band King Khan and the Shrines played an incindiery show on KEXP back in March and today the radio station has released the videos on YouTube.

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7 Oct 2014 // 1:30 AM

Beats, Rhymes and Jihad

Hip-hop appeals to those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, which is why ISIS looks to hip-hop communities as potential recruiting grounds.

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Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!

Flying Lotus makes his return with a concept album that is executed exceptionally well, making for arguably the greatest accomplishment in his career thus far.

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Chuck D: The Black in Man

Chuck D unleashes a brief but vital onslaught of old-school fury; it just might be the gutpunch today's scene desperately needs.

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MC Frontalot: Question Bedtime

There’s “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, as well as lesser-known stories rapped in fresh attire to stimulate the nipper brains of the younger set.

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29 Sep 2014 // 12:30 PM

Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP

Ross Birchard is back with another EP, but it's not enough to fully satiate the hunger for more HudMo material.

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Ariana Grande and the Weeknd Perform Together on Last Night’s ‘SNL’

Pop/R&B singer Ariana Grande was the featured music artist last night on Saturday Night Live.

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The Future Is Now, and It Is Odd: A Retrospective on Hip-hop in the ‘00s

The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.

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Kindred the Family Soul: A Couple Friends

Soulful duo Kindred the Family Soul retain the refined persona of R&B on latest album A Couple Friends.

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A Crooked and Unseen Highway: lowercase - "She Takes Me"

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"The newest Between the Grooves series tackles Lowercase's Kill the Lights, a great marriage of slowcore and post-punk: raw, angry, sullen, and very much alive almost 20 years later.

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