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5 Oct 2016 // 1:30 AM

Banks: The Altar

The high points of The Altar are nearly perfect, but are outnumbered by a middle section comprised of unremarkable, uninspired filler.

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4 Oct 2016 // 1:05 AM

Tory Lanez: I Told You

Tory Lanez has never done anything even close to warranting as much ambition as I Told You contains.

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“Music Is Up There and You Can’t Touch It”: Macy Gray Talks About Her New Album ‘Stripped’

The soul singer's latest was made with just one microphone and four jazz musicians covering mostly her older hits. Simplicity has its merits.

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Mac Miller: The Divine Feminine

When you can't rap or sing, but you want to declare your love to your new woman, you might as well do it through groove.

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30 Sep 2016 // 10:43 AM

Kanye West - “Fade” (Singles Going Steady)

Kanye West samples some of the best house and soul from the second half of the 20th century.

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29 Sep 2016 // 10:01 AM

Common Still Making Sense in Shaping Hip-Hop

Common: "I feel energized right now by all the beautiful art out there -- Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book (Between the World and Me), Hamilton, what’s going on in Chicago hip-hop. I’ve been rereading James Baldwin. I feel sparked as an artist."

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Various Artists: Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul

A collection of kids, pushed by parents or teachers or by their own dreams of pop stardom, aspire to follow in the path of the Jacksons.

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Racializing Rock: The ‘60s and the White Sounds of ‘Pet Sounds’

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock.

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Andre Cymone - “Hallelujah” (premiere)

Prince's childhood friend and bassist came back with socially-conscious rock in 2014, but with his new EP, addresses America's race issues head-on.

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21 Sep 2016 // 9:46 AM

Beyoncé - “Hold Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Hold Up" is a slice of art that engages the senses of sight and sound, and it's beautiful.

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Clipping.: Splendor & Misery

If any group were to succeed in making a rap opera in outer space, it would be Clipping.

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Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience

When we last left the Robert Glasper Experiment, it stood knee-deep in star power with the Black Radio series, featuring everyone from Erykah Badu to

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James Vincent McMorrow: We Move

While 2014's Post Tropical showcased McMorrow's fondness for hip-hop's rhythms and R&B's sensual spaciousness, We Move marks a definitive step toward full-fledged pop.

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16 Sep 2016 // 10:35 AM

Clipping. - “Air ‘Em Out” (Singles Going Steady)

Clipping. show a strong grasp of sonic economy and judiciousness here, knowing exactly when to add an extra layer to the skeletal electronic beat, and when to pull back.

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‘Motown: The Sound of Young America’ Over-promises and Under-delivers

A Motown book that largely recounts the career of its head salesperson can’t really be seen as a definitive history of an enterprise that changed music, culture and commerce in America.

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16 Sep 2016 // 1:30 AM

Mndsgn: Body Wash

Mndsgn takes us a on a mind-bending, psychedelic soul and funk trip through the stars.

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Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj - “Side to Side” (Singles Going Steady)

"Side to Side" is one of the most unabashedly infectious tracks Grande has put out, subbing her typically refined style of pop for something a bit less pristine, a bit sweatier.

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DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels - “Nobody Speak” (Singles Going Steady)

DJ Shadow's electronic beats add an extra layer of cinematic thrill to the track, giving us the no-holds-barred musical catharsis we all deserve for sticking it out through 2016.

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13 Sep 2016 // 1:30 AM

M.I.A.: AIM

M.I.A.'s pop-centric fifth and supposedly final album feels much more like a pit stop than a destination.

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12 Sep 2016 // 1:05 AM

YG: Still Brazy (take 2)

On Still Brazy, unresolved tensions tug at YG.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

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"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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