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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:00:00 -0400If To Pimp a Butterfly, Lamar's ornate jazz-funk experiment, played like billiard balls scattering after the break, then DAMN. wraps its focus inward: tight and layered, like a bundle of rubber bands.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500The Los Angeles band's distinct sound includes touches of Rio de Janeiro's tropicalia, Lima's cumbia, and American soul and funk.
Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:00:01 -0500Most of Fields' songs have been about love won, fought over and lost; it's a testament to his talent that each new one can feel like he's singing his heart out for the first time.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:39:00 -0500The fiery singer, whose work with The Dap-Kings helped inspire a soul revival, died Nov. 18 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:35:00 -0500The group's new album — its first in 18 years — was recorded before the death of founding member Phife Dawg last March and was just released this month.
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.