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Monday, March 31 2014

Rahdan Vandal - “İstanbul Çök Üstüme” (stream)

A haunting paean to one's home city.


Tuesday, March 25 2014

Blueprint - “Respect the Architect” (video) + Tour Dates

Blueprint's latest single, "Respect the Architect", makes a case for his place in the hip-hop pantheon. It's hard to argue with him when he drops lines like, "the rhyme is my funky drummer". Sublime.


Thursday, February 20 2014

The Rap Pack: Italy’s Indie-Rappers

Italy’s independent hip-hop scene has so far produced some of the brightest, most interesting artists on European shores.


Friday, February 14 2014

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: 6 February 2014 - Beacon Theatre, New York

Having beaten cancer, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings returned to the stage in NYC for a performance that was as invigorating as it was electrifying.


Tuesday, January 14 2014

Clear Soul Forces: Gold PP7’s

Clear Soul Forces put together a nostalgic and technically proficient album to establish themselves as one of the best up-and-coming rap groups around.


Monday, October 28 2013

John Newman: Tribute

The best new soul singer in a good long while has emerged from the Yorkshire Dales. Get ready. It's John Newman's world, we just live in it.


Friday, October 25 2013

‘Wild Style’, Recalls When the Bronx Boys Met the Manhattan Art Set

An engaging hybrid of studio era Hollywood amusement and macho B-boy rebel theatrics.


Tuesday, October 22 2013

To the Queen, With Love: Donna Summer Revisited, Day 2

Today brings part two of our Donna Summer special. In the clubs and on the airwaves, Summer remains a vital force. PopMatters celebrates the hits that spawned a revolution in dance music.


Thursday, October 3 2013

Drake: Nothing Was the Same (Take 2)

Drake and studiomate Noah Shebib's Nothing Was the Same is, much like Take Care before it, a gorgeous record. But is it as good?


Thursday, September 26 2013

Sandra Phillips - ‘Too Many People in One Bed’ (album stream) (PopMatters Premiere)

Sandra Phillips is now best known as a Broadway performer and film/TV actor, but once upon a time, she was a budding soul star.


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