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'They put us in a little box': how racial tensions shape modern soul music

Leon Bridges remembers the exact moment he realized something had gone wrong. It was June of 2016, and Bridges was performing a headlining set in front of a mixed crowd at the Roots music festival in Philadelphia when he noticed a visible disconnect with the black fans in his audience. As Bridges …

Tank and The Bangas - Smoke.Netflix.Chill

<b>Sounds like:</b> <i>Jill Scott, The Suffers, Lizzo, Lake Street Dive, Jamila Woods, Nai Palm, Hiatus Kaiyote</i><b>What's so good?</b>Tank was one of the unfortunate …

Jorja Smith's Tiny Desk Concert Is Effortlessly Smooth

Smith, who's celebrating her 21st birthday today, performed languid versions of "On My Mind," "Teenage Fantasy," and "Blue Lights" at NPR.<p>Midlands-born R&B singer-songwriter Jorja Smith spent a year acclimatizing to fame and collaborating with superstars before releasing her debut album, <i>Lost &</i> …

Jimmy Jam’s Episodes of Questlove Supreme Might Be the Greatest Episodes of Anything That Ever Existed 

I can be prone to hyperbole. I can see proof of it in my daughter, who has adopted my penchant for saying, “This is my favorite song ever” for nearly …

Music

Where Did The Unique Style Of Botswana's Guitarists Come From? Nobody Seems To Know

As YouTube videos go, a 2009 clip entitled "Botswana Music Guitar - Ronnie - 'Happy New Year' " is not the most visually arresting — just a static shot of a man sitting in front of a cinderblock wall and cradling a battered acoustic guitar, while behind him a second person, in a blue work shirt and …

Guitar

Sudan Archives – Nont for Sale

LA's Sudan Archives shares the enchanting lead single from her forthcoming <i>SINK</i> EP, out May 25th on Stones Throw:Continue reading…

Archives

Joshua Trinidad Drops New Album on RareNoiseRecords

Trinidad realized the truth of the statement, thinking, “Nobody’s going to come and ask you to join their club.” So he started reaching out to …

LSD, Sade, and more: Kacey Musgraves on the inspirations behind Golden Hour

<b>A version of this story appeared in the April 6 issue of EW, on stands now. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only</b> …

Hear Vundabar Interpolate Mission Of Burma’s “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver” On Their Latest “Tonight I’m Wearing Silk”

Vundabar’s new album <i>Smell Smoke</i> is out next week, and so far, singles “Acetone” and “Diver” have felt like a pretty good summation of the sort of …

Is It Time To Upgrade Your Turntable?

From platter mats to tonearms...

Audiophile

I Just Discovered Melting Potatoes and I'm Officially Serving Them With Everything

We weren’t actively seeking a new way to cook potatoes. In fact, we think there’s a pretty solid variety to choose from. You can bake them, fry them, …

Hear Portland Songwriter Haley Heynderickx’s Hushed, Stunning New Single ‘Untitled God Song’

Though it’s yet to be released, Haley Heynderickx’s debut album is already turning heads. The Portland, Oregon-based singer/songwriter is readying her first full-length, <i>I Need To Start A Garden</i>, for an early March release, and it has already popped up on our most anticipated albums of the year. For …

Gourmet crafts a vintage track in "Jamaica"

Coming straight out of Cape Town, South Africa is the multi-instrumentalist producer, singer, and songwriter known as <b>Gourmet</b>. His eclectic style of …

Cape Town

Sudan Archives plays "Come Meh Way" + "Wake Up" live in a greenhouse for La Blogothèque

Shot at the historic Oude Hortus' greenhouse at Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht:Continue reading…

Archives

Sonny Smith shares "Burnin' Up" ft. Angel Olsen from his new LP

<b>Sonny Smith</b>‘s new album, <i>Rod for Your Love</i>, is out March 2 via Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound and he’s just shared “Burnin’ Up,” which features <b>Angel</b> …

Watch Erykah Badu and The Roots cover Fela Kuti

Badu performed “Sorrow Tears and Blood” on The Tonight Show.<p>Earlier this month Erykah Badu curated the fourth installment in a series of Fela Kuti …

Music

Hear Blood Orange Tease New Music

Dev Hynes took to Instagram yesterday to tease new music. In the short clip, the Blood Orange musician holds his camera to the window to watch …

NAD Masters Series M50.2 digital music player

Back in May 2014, I reviewed NAD's Masters Series M50 Digital Music Player ($2499) and M52 Digital Music Vault ($1999 with 2TB storage). At the 2017 …

Not-So-Timorous He: The Thrilling Return of Ted Leo

One of Ted Leo’s best songs is called “The Ballad of the Sin Eater.” It’s a kind of punk-rock travelogue, a meditation on leaving your homeland, and, …

R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World” Video Annotated

This month marks the 30th anniversary of R.E.M.’s breakthrough album, <i>Document</i>. To commemorate the iconic record’s success, <i>Consequence of Sound</i> has …

Liv - Heaven

Late last year Lykke Li revealed she had started a new band with a number of well known musicians, releasing two singles "Wings Of Love" and "Dream …

Is Brilliant Appropriation a Contradiction? On Gillian Welch and Pastiche

The historical references the virtuosic instrumental work, and the stunning close harmonies all took intelligence and skill to master, but that …

Aimee Mann Talks About Her New Album, Mental Illness

Obviously there's some dark humor involved when you call your album <i>Mental Illness</i>. Aimee Mann's quietly intense songs have always painted empathetic portraits of tormented characters—who leave an impression on her, as well as listeners. "I think it's interesting to write about people who are …

Mental Disorders

Bob Dylan archives open, public center planned

TULSA, Okla. — Part of music icon Bob Dylan’s once-secret 6,000-piece archive, including thousands of hours of studio sessions, film reels and caches …

Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator review – incredibly easy on the ear

(ATO Records)<br>Alynda Segarra draws on her Puerto Rican roots with a genre-bending album of anger, yearning and songs that just flow<p>On their sixth album, Hurray for the Riff Raff have come full circle, ending up where the band’s songwriter, Alynda Segarra, started off. If that sounds like a …

Lorde Unravels While Performing The Gorgeous, Heartbreaking ‘Liability’ On ‘SNL’

Lorde’s second single off her new album, <i>Melodrama</i>, is something totally new for the young pop star. “Liability” is a slow piano ballad that will hit you dead center in the middle of your heart, and she brought all of that anguish to her <i>SNL</i> performance of the track. The song premiered this week …

Remastering the One Beatles Live Album Finally Made It Great

The Beatles' remarkable catalog includes just one official live album, and the group's immense popularity made it unlistenable. <i>The Beatles at the</i> …

Watch Solange perform The Doobie Brothers' 'What A Fool Believes' with Michael McDonald

<b>The McDonaldssance continues.</b><p>Solange performed at the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival this weekend where she brought out yacht rock maestro and …

Music

Third Man Pressing Plant Party Was a "Ya'Alta" Like Event

Jack White marked the opening of his new Third Man Pressing plant in a reinvigorated Detroit neighborhood by throwing a grand, festive, sometimes …