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The 70 Best Albums of 2010

2010's best albums are highlighted by the emergence of a future superstar, two veteran and virtuoso rappers, and a Dream Team of indie bands releasing career peaks.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings: 30.April.2010 - New York

An explosion of energy and sound, Sharon Jones led her Dap Kings through a two-hour set at the Apollo Theater, Friday night, in support of their new record, I Learned the Hard Way.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings + Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens

As gospel praises God's grace, soul glorifies man's condition.

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Live from Bonnaroo 2008

The communal spirit seems almost sacrosanct to its attendees and artists, some of whom invoke the term 'commune' in the footage on this disc.

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Various Artists: Daptone 7 Inch Singles Collection, Vol. 2

The venerable Brooklyn label's second singles round-up includes songs by Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: Adventures in Retro-ism

Rightly or wrongly, black audiences have always tended to chase musical innovation, not musical reverence.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: 100 Days, 100 Nights

Jones' powerful voice and the Dap-Kings' soul expertise are a natural fit for each other.

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