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Professor Longhair: Live In Chicago (take 2)

Archival live performance captured at the 1976 Chicago Folk Festival offers a fine reminder of the genius of Professor Longhair.

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26 May 2016 // 9:32 AM

Kaytranada - “Lite Spots” (Singles Going Steady)

It's a testament to Kaytranada's skill as a songsmith that a cut this jumbled and frenetic, this high-on-something, sounds so totally pure.

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20 May 2016 // 1:55 PM

U.S. Girls - “New Age Thriller” (Singles Going Steady)

Cryptic, moody, and possessed by a nearly Lynchian sense of unease, "New Age Thriller" is a demented avant-pop vignette.

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19 May 2016 // 12:09 PM

D∆WN (Dawn Richard) - “Wake Up” (Singles Going Steady)

Cleaving electronic diva-pop to the drop-obsessed schizophrenia of contemporary EDM, "Wake Up" is a feverishly high-energy R&B convulsion.

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James Blake: The Colour in Anything

James Blake had it in him to release a great album here. He just chose not to.

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Winfield Parker: Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker at Ru-Jac

Baltimore-born Winfield Parker's sides for the Ru-Jac label were more often hits than misses. This new collection explores the best and worst moments of his time on that tiny label.

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17 May 2016 // 2:30 AM

Jessy Lanza: Oh No

“I just want to impress you," Lanza explains on “Going Somewhere”, and anybody who listens to Oh No can confirm that she’s succeeded.

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Bonnie Bishop - “Mercy” (audio) (premiere)

The gentle grooves of Bonnie Bishop's music and her gorgeous vocals remind one of Dusty Springfield at her best as you'll hear on the new single "Mercy".

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16 May 2016 // 11:00 AM

Janet Jackson - “Dammn Baby” (Singles Going Steady)

One says the song is "an unimpeachable work of pop artistry" and another says it's "a fairly standard R&B dance groove". Who's right?

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16 May 2016 // 9:45 AM

Concert review: Beyoncé‘s Faithful in ‘Formation’

Saturday during her sold-out Formation tour stop in Pasadena, Beyoncé’s passion and rage ruled.

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Ruby Friedman Orchestra - “I’m Not Your Friend” (audio) (premiere)

Ruby Friedman is one hell of a frontwoman with a completely unique and transfixing voice laden with passion.

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Various Artists: Loma - A Soul Music Love Affair Volumes 1 - 4

Future Days Recordings gives us four wax platters that uncover a soul label that time has essentially buried.

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Justin Timberlake - “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Singles Going Steady)

"Can't Stop the Feeling" is a nonsensical but serotonin-pumping pop confection that cares more about uprooting your feet than animating your intellect.

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Corinne Bailey Rae: The Heart Speaks in Whispers

Bailey Rae's third album shines a spotlight on how versatile the singer has become.

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Gregory Porter: Take Me to the Alley

The jazz/soul singer serves up a record even stronger than his last, built on feeling, canny arrangements, and a spectacular voice.

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11 May 2016 // 2:10 AM

ZAYN: Mind of Mine

It's not that Zayn's proving people wrong so much as he's proving himself right.

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10 May 2016 // 11:04 AM

Alicia Keys - “In Common” (Singles Going Steady)

"In Common" adds up to an exciting, intriguing comeback single for Alicia Keys.

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9 May 2016 // 12:20 PM

Boulevards - “Move and Shout” (Singles Going Steady)

"Move and Shout" is an infectious, possessed-by-the-groove throwback jam that openly avows its debt to '80s disco-funk.

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Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

Janiva Magness shows off a happier and freer side of herself on Love Wins Again.

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6 May 2016 // 8:49 AM

Terra Lightfoot - “Never Will” (video) (premiere)

Drawing from rock, soul and blues, Terra Lightfoot is a monster talent that will be gracing the world's largest festival stages in no time.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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