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SZA Is Having a Killer Year with ‘Ctrl’. Now She Just Needs to Fight Self-Doubts

SZA's fierce debut album that explores love, sex, black womanhood and identity with a bluntness typically reserved for gossip sessions with friends.

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23 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

Jackie Shane: Any Other Way

Numero Group gathers assorted singles, live recordings and generous liner notes to provide a more complete picture of revolutionary transsexual soul singer Jackie Shane, in the process producing a minor masterpiece of overlooked soul.

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JD McPherson: Undivided Heart and Soul

McPherson has shaken things up a bit. His music is less genre bound than his past endeavors. Heck, some of this record resembles the work of '60s girl groups or even '70s New Wave pop.

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Love Light Orchestra - “Love and Happiness” (audio) (premiere)

Love Light Orchestra recall the glory days of Memphis soul and blues on "Love and Happiness".

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TOKiMONSTA: Lune Rouge

TOKiMONSTA strikes a balance between pain and peace on Lune Rouge, her fullest and most diverse work yet.

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The Village Callers: Live

The Village Callers' only full album lives on with a vinyl reissue, but some things are better left in the past.

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Pearl Reaves and Her Retro R&B: The Magical Obscurity of the Working Artist

A generically labeled 45rpm leads to unforeseen connections between an illegal squat, a ramshackle used record outlet, and an obscure R&B outfit that eventually lands at the Mount Olive Temple of Christ in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

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Terra Lightfoot - ‘New Mistakes’ (album stream) (premiere)

Your new rock ‘n’ roll hero, Terra Lightfoot creates a winning combination of roots genres on her new album New Mistakes.

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ColinResponse - “Something About Your Love” (video) (premiere)

ColinResponse offers up infectious soul that chronicles the artist's love for music.

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10 Oct 2017 // 10:30 AM

Moses Sumney - “Lonely World” (Singles Going Steady)

Rarely has isolation been so full-bodied in music as in Moses Sumney’s "Lonely World", a song that gives melancholy voice to the poetry of alienation.

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9 Oct 2017 // 7:54 AM

Kelela: Take Me Apart

Kelela's excellent debut manages to evoke megastar crooners from decades past, cyborgs from the future, and, unmistakably, the defining sounds of pop music's present.

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Nona Hendryx Inaugurates Joe’s Pub at the Public’s Vanguard Residency Program

Grammy-nominated funk/rock icon will mix music, media, and artists during yearlong programming partnership with Joe’s Pub at the Public in New York.

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Counting the Stars: Treasured Singer-Songwriter Brenda Russell Shares Her Story

A composer of the Tony-winning musical The Color Purple, Brenda Russell revisits her rare solo album Love Life (1981), while legends like Roberta Flack, David Foster, and Valerie Simpson join PopMatters for an exclusive tribute to her career.

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Syleena Johnson - “Make Me Yours” (audio) (premiere)

Syleena Johnson goes old school on her new album Rebirth of Soul and shares a new single, a version of Bettye Swann’s biggest hit “Make Me Yours”.

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5 Oct 2017 // 7:37 AM

Ledisi: Let Love Rule

Ledisi sings with emotional swoops. She lets her voice climb the scales and create beats that emphasize strong feelings.

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Nobody But You: A Tribute to Charles Bradley

A tribute to the screaming eagle of love who dies having taken his rightful place as one of the true soul greats

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Various Artists: Soul of a Nation - Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power

A thought-provoking collection of Afro-centric tracks from the '60s and '70s put together to accompany this summer's show at the Tate Modern in London.

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Adrian Underhill - “C U Again” (audio) (premiere)

A quiet prayer between lovers, a kind thought between friends or a communiqué to listeners? Adrian Underhill offers clues with new single "C U Again".

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25 Sep 2017 // 8:13 AM

Paul Weller: Mother Ethiopia

Paul Weller offers a homage to Ethiopian music on latest EP, Mother Ethiopia.

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Charles Bradley’s Voice Full of Love and Hurt: The Interview

Soul master Charles Bradley talks about the painful changes that shaped his latest album and the way that his raw, powerful music helps him transcend heartache.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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