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Samantha Fish: Chills & Fever

Chills & Fever finds Samantha Fish injecting a dose of Detroit-bred garage rock into her paradigm of Memphis soul, Delta blues, and Motown R&B.

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The Weeknd - “I Feel It Coming” feat. Daft Punk (Singles Going Steady)

The Weeknd sounds more like Michael Jackson than ever as he glides up to those high notes.

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Donald Byrd: Love Has Come Around - The Elektra Records Anthology 1978-1982

Donald Byrd’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s studio albums are sliced and diced in this newly issued collection of the most forgettable era of his otherwise illustrious and well-regarded career.

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Nate Smith: Kinfolk - Postcards from Everywhere

A veteran jazz drummer has produced a terrific collection that straddles jazz and contemporary soul without any of the compromise you expect. It's Glasper-esque... in the best way.

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JC Brooks - “Drive” (audio) (premiere)

JC Brooks returns with a new album and single "Drive" that highlights the group's Prince-like musical direction.

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10 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM

New Gen: New Gen

As the mainstream gradually catches up and embraces grime, New Gen delivers an exciting insight into the next wave of artists breaking through.

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Various Artists: Hustle! Reggae Disco

Thirteen vintage reggae covers of classic disco tracks make for soothing international soul on Hustle! Reggae Disco.

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Inspired by a Primate in a Novel, Chicano Batman Brings a New Feel to ‘Freedom Is Free’

“As people see corporations and the pillars of our society eroding, this band is promoting its own economy,” Bardo Martinez said.

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Chicano Batman: Freedom Is Free

L.A.'s Chicano Batman combine vintage psychedelic soul with a strong social message. They may just be the perfect band for our times.

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Galactic and the Funky Meters Bring the Sound of New Orleans Back to the Warfield

One of the hardest working bands in showbiz over the past two decades, Galactic continues to tour relentlessly to carry the torch for the New Orleans funk pioneered by the original Meters in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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3 Mar 2017 // 2:26 PM

NAO - “In the Morning” (Singles Going Steady)

Over spacious, off-center beats, NAO creates a lush, lunar atmosphere for her powerful, intimate lyrics.

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3 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM

Thundercat: Drunk

With Drunk, Thundercat has delivered a fascinatingly scattershot series of song fragments, snippets, and ideas perfectly suited to the increasingly limited, equally fragmented attention spans of modern listeners.

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Slice of Life: Sinkane Lives it Up With His Latest Work, ‘Life & Livin It’

Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.

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Various Artists: Young Art Sound

On TOKiMONSTA's electric Young Art label, the bold thrive. Young Art Sound is a brilliant showcase of what the crew can do.

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28 Feb 2017 // 10:25 AM

Lee Fields Is a Forward-Looking Throwback

"A lot of people think soul music is just a way you sing, or a sound -- soul music means coming from the spirit. The soul is a spirit,” says Fields.

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Ruthie Foster - “War Pigs” (video) (premiere)

Blues/folk/soul singer Ruthie Foster releases a stunning blues cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs", previewing her new album coming 24 March.

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Sampha - “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano” (Singles Going Steady)

Sampha takes us into the deepest, warmest parts of his heart and mind with emotional single “(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano”.

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23 Feb 2017 // 12:00 PM

D.R.A.M. - “Cute” (Singles Going Steady)

D.R.A.M. redeems the term "cute" and makes an appealing plea for its return as a compliment.

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22 Feb 2017 // 11:15 AM

NxWorries - “Lyk Dis” (Singles Going Steady)

Anderson Paak finds the perfect sweet spot between his crisp, fresh verses and his soulful croon to create a super-slinky, late night tune.

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Dennis Coffey: Hot Coffey in the D

These 1968 live recordings offer a glimpse into Detroit’s storied music history courtesy of three of its finest session players.

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Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

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"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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