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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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The Frightnrs: Nothing More to Say

As though phoned in from another era, the Frightnrs bring the Daptone aesthetic to rocksteady, in the process creating one of the best albums the genre has to offer.

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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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22 Sep 2016 // 9:19 AM

Rumer - “Walk on By” (audio) (premiere)

Rumer records a gorgeous tribute to the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

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21 Sep 2016 // 10:46 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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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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‘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 // 9:45 AM

Sampha - “Blood on Me” (Singles Going Steady)

"Blood on Me" offers a thrilling slice of aural tension and gives yet another reason to keep a close eye on Sampha's solo career

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16 Sep 2016 // 2:30 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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Terra Lightfoot: Every Time My Mind Runs Wild

Catchy, soulful, and genuine, Lightfoot’s latest efforts soar just as much as her soulful vocals.

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8 Sep 2016 // 11:01 AM

Paul Cauthen - “My Gospel” (audio) (premiere)

Paul Cauthen delivers a wide range of songs that traverse country, rock, soul, gospel and folk all delivered with the passion of a true believer.

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Taking the Bitter With the Swede: Adam Tensta’s Moody Hip-Hop Soul

One of Sweden's most outspoken and celebrated rappers returns with an album of eerie hip-hop noir, where the heavy grooves luxuriate in the nebulous fog of despair.

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“I Want to Feel Something Real”: An Interview With St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Paul Janeway of St. Paul and the Broken Bones talks with PopMatters about the band's quick rise and the inspirations, faith, art, and business behind new album Sea of Noise.

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Dusty Springfield: Reputation (Expanded Deluxe Collector’s Edition)

This might suffer from too much anonymous dance filler, but there are enough reminders why Springfield's place in the all-time vocal pantheon is fully merited.

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2 Sep 2016 // 10:04 AM

Robert Glasper Experiment - “Day to Day” (Singles Going Steady)

It's a downright shame to hear Casey Benjamin's smooth voice processed with such a dated use of Auto-Tune.

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Wilson Pickett: Land of 1,000 Dances - The Complete Atlantic Singles Vol. 1

In the first of a three-part set, the highly fertile artistic period of one of soul music's most powerful voices is lovingly chronicled.

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31 Aug 2016 // 10:39 AM

DAWN - “Cali Sun” (Singles Going Steady)

The work of DAWN (Dawn Richard) stays true to an aesthetic where it feels like chart-friendly soul-pop being remixed by an IDM producer.

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29 Aug 2016 // 2:15 AM

DJ Khaled: Major Key

Meme-master DJ Khaled continues to orchestrate radio hits on his newest album.

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Measuring Success: The Unsatisfying Notion of "Good Endings" and "Bad Endings"

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"Sometimes stories need to end badly in order to be really good.

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