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Empire: Season 2, Episode 4 - “Poor Yorick”

As Lucious' legal troubles are put to bed, things within the family get even more complicated.

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Autre Ne Veut: Age of Transparency

The follow-up to Anxiety explores a wider sonic palette, while simultaneously perfecting Arthur Ashin's deeply emotional vocals.

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The Young Turk: Kamufle’s Basement-Deep Hip-Hop

In his full proper debut album, Turkish rapper Kamufle creates brilliant soundscapes that evoke the vibrant and animated colours of graffiti art, where daisy-age hip-hop meets an Eastern sensibility.

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7 Oct 2015 // 1:46 PM

Eminem - “Phenomenal” (Singles Going Steady)

For some reason it's reassuring that horrifyingly expensive, indulgent videos are not just the preserve of the fancy young starlets.

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Tara Priya - “Who That” (audio) (premiere)

The singer-songwriter returns with a sassy new R&B/pop gem.

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Drake and Future: What a Time to Be Alive

What a Time to Be Alive rode unreachable hype into its release, but the actual product is full of the quality hip-hop that's expected of its creators.

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The Underachievers - “Star Signs” x “Generation Z” (Singles Going Steady)

It’s hard not to get down with this, which seems to exist in some liminal zone between the street and the astral plane.

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5 Oct 2015 // 1:29 AM

Janet Jackson: Unbreakable

Legend Janet Jackon owes us nothing. That she just gave us a records as fascinating and damn-near satisfying as Unbreakable is pure bonus even with its lyrical flaws.

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Empire’s Latest Episode Promises More than Just Gags

The second episode of Empire's second season gives audiences more of what they came for: narrative, character development, and strained relationships.

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29 Sep 2015 // 1:15 AM

Mac Miller: GO:OD AM

Relying on his individuality yields his greatest results, but the album’s more passable moments too.

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28 Sep 2015 // 1:15 AM

Willis Earl Beal: Noctunes

The album feels like it takes a whole night to get through, but music like this is made to get you through the night.

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Myke Terry - “Slide” (video) (premiere)

The former metal vocsalist reinvents himself as an R&B/pop singer, and it's a perfect fit.

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Alexa Lusader - “La La Love Me” (audio) (premiere)

Alexa Lusader makes a strong impression on her new single "La La Love Me".

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Free Agent of Sound: An Interview with Rob Mazurek

The heralded avant-jazz great Rob Mazurek speaks of space operas, working through grief with music, and, of course, the singularity.

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ArtPeace - “Hi:)” (video) (premiere)

The "Folk&B" duo shine a (UV) light on releationships in their new video.

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Rufus and Chaka Khan: Live Stompin’ at the Savoy

Re-mastered re-release of Rufus and Chaka Khan album Live: Stompin’ at the Savoy takes us back to the ‘80s and further.

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Conrad Kira - ‘Rictus’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The self-proclaimed outsider comes through with a throttling, poetic new EP.

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9 Sep 2015 // 1:30 AM

Prince: HITNRUN Phase One

Can we assume that “direct-to-streaming” is the new “direct-to-video” for really bad albums?

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Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

Dreams to Remember recounts the triumphs and tragedy of '60s soul icon Otis Redding

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Jasmine Jordan - “Smile” (video) (premiere)

It's always a good time for bright, uplifting soul/R&B.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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