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The 10 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2010

It was fashionable to say R&B was dead in 2010 because it wasn't the commercial force it was in the late '80s and '90s. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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Nostalgia and Hip-Hop Entice Audiences to Meadows Music Festival

Gorillaz, M.I.A., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Future, LL Cool J and De La Soul were amongst the many acts that drew a crowd to Citi Field.

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Various Artists: The Best of Blue Note

Here's another one of those groovy, swingin', melodic and enjoyable exercises in futility.

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Governors Ball 2013: Mud, Music and Finding Yeezus (Photos)

Torrential rains on the first day caused Friday to end early and left the Governors Ball grounds very very muddy. But throughout the weekend, music from Kanye, Cut Copy and several other bands made trudging through the sloppy field worthwhile.

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Laura Mvula: Sing to the Moon

A debut album that at once delivers on its promises whilst hinting at future greatness.

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Afropunk Festival: 25 - 26 August 2012 - New York

The completely free Afropunk Festival celebrates "rock and rebellion" with acts like Das Racist, Toro Y Moi, Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu.

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The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

Bon Iver sings about robot dogs. Nick Cave does a wicked Tom Waits impression. Erykah Badu covers Roberta Flack... in space. Even with its flaws, it's hard to think of a more memorable disc released this year than Heady Fwends.

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Rocket Juice & the Moon: Rocket Juice & the Moon

This debut showing from the team-up of Damon Albarn, Flea, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen is surprisingly unambitious but solid and fun.

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Outsiders Tell the Story of the Other America in 'Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975'

This film gives us a look back at a puzzling and fascinating moment in American history that casts a different light on '60s idealism and the death of that decade's ideals.

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A Joy to Experience: Neo-Soul Singer Bilal Oliver

Bilal Oliver belongs to an elite class of late '90s Neo-Soul singers, but his guest appearances may be the true gems of his career.

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The Year in Music: August 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable events in the world of music, here’s what happened in August 2010.

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Erykah Badu: 8.June 2010 - Upper Darby, PA

With little break, Badu performed for nearly two hours, sharing her warmth and passion with a rapturous audience.

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Pursuit Grooves: Fox Trot Mannerisms

Pursuit Grooves (aka Vanese Smith) attempts to channel Badu-esque soul with after-hours electro. File Under: Music for Muscle Relaxants.

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Erykah Badu: New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh

You may not want to fall in love with this 21st century siren, but chances are good that you will. That is, if you know what's good for ya.

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Nneka: Concrete Jungle

Nneka clearly views pop art as a mechanism for transformation and vision, in the way that John Lennon and Bob Marley used both in a dizzying concoction of myth and talent.

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N'Dambi: Pink Elephant

Pink Elephant is at once lush, vibrant, and deeply moving as it sprawls across soundscapes that range from beat to bounce to ballad.

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The 411 on R&B

A new decade promises to bring fresh sounds and renewed vigor to R&B. Let's hope it keeps its promise.

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Various Artists: Dillanthology Vol. 1

Although it offers nothing new, this is a fine introductory piece for new or unacquainted J Dilla listeners.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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The Best R&B of 2008

From true legends to notable newcomers to acts in mid-career stride, the year's best R&B is much more than what your local Top 40 radio station would have you believe.

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Erykah Badu + The Roots

If any contemporary artist is pushing the boundaries of preconception, misconception, and trail-blazing, it is Badu. She defies age, race, and gender norms. Hell, she defies earthly norms.

Matt Mazur
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Erykah Badu: New Amerykah

We're starring in an ongoing blockbuster movie and Erykah Badu releases Part One of the score, with hip-hop and '70s soul. Right on, Mama! So can you dig it?

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Harmony Festival feat. Brian Wilson, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Erykah Badu, and moe.

Extra-sensory input, Dennis Kucinich, the terrors of 2012, and a weekend's worth of pure California sunshine...

Greg M. Schwartz
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Dave Chappelles Block Party (2006)

Block Party sustains a balance between good-natured light-heartedness social commentary.

Dante A. Ciampaglia
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House of D (2004)

The ideal girl wears an orange jumpsuit. At least that's the way Tommy Warshaw remembers it.

Cynthia Fuchs
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