Last Build Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 -0400Copyright: Copyright 2016 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:00:00 -0400Singer Dan Klein died of ALS earlier this summer, but at least his rocksteady band was able to see its collective vision through on this one sublime album.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:29:00 -0400Frankie Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist who remakes classic Mexican and other Spanish-language ballads and waltzes using a vintage synthesizer. His new album is called Boleros Valses y Mas.
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:17:00 -0400With a production team consisting of two seasoned retro-soul veterans, Nicole Wray's solo act shepherds '60s and '70s R&B styles into the present.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:45:00 -0400Betty Davis was already gaining attention as Betty Mabry in the late 1960s when she met Miles Davis. He produced legendary sessions for her that have never been released — until now.
Fri, 27 May 2016 09:24:10 -0400The steel drum tradition is unfairly maligned. The mysterious Hamburg group takes Cat Stevens' pioneering electro jam and replaces synths with steel.
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:59:00 -0400The 1972 concerts at The Apollo were recorded but, inexplicably, never released — until now. They show a side of Brown content to turn the show over to his collaborators.
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 09:00:00 -0400#TBT to a 2001 track that surprised fans not with its title or message, but with the ferocity of Jay Dee's production.
Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:30:19 -0400#TBT to a Bay Area garage studio in 1987 and an outsider boogie funk new wave disco fusion that was downright prescient.
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:00:00 -0400Daptone's "Screaming Eagle of Soul" returns with a restrained groove that could make even low-rider O.G.s go a little weak in the knees.
Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:02:00 -0500Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we've been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0400Kendrick Lamar's long-awaited new album dropped late Sunday night, nine days early. On it, the rapper wades into our current moment of peril around race, inequality and brutality.
Tue, 09 Dec 2014 16:26:00 -0500Ghostface Killah's new 36 Seasons is a concept album with a big cast. It stars his Tony Starks alter ego in dense action scenes.
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:31:28 -0400Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It's all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:23:00 -0400On an unlikely tribute album, singer Dionne Farris and guitarist Charlie Hunter tackle Warwick classics with revealing subtlety — and nods to the musicians' own origins in early-'90s rap.
Mon, 05 May 2014 15:00:00 -0400After an eight year absence, the release of a new Mobb Deep album would be notable enough, but it's the bonus disc of previously unheard sessions for The Infamous that send this package over the top.