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AFROPUNK veteran SZA made fans lose their minds last night when she dropped a RZA-narrated video teasing the release of her hugely anticipated new album ‘CTRL‘. The follow up to SZA’s stellar 2014 album, ‘Z’, ‘CTRL’—out June 9 via Top Dawg Entertainment—comes after more than a year in the making. Three of the album's tracks, “Love Galore,” “Drew Barrymore,” and my favorite “twoAM” (a reworking of Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Come and See Me” have already been released and if…Continue
On June 2nd, Blackbird Presents will release "Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration" on CD/DVD. The special event featured on the album took place at Chicago's Auditorium Theater, with performances from Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Jeff Tweedy, Win Butler and more. It also includes exclusive interviews with many of the participating artists, and explores Staples’ cultural and musical impact.
Just ahead of its release, we've got an…
In the late anthropocene era, we seem to be doing our damndest as a species to make sure if we can't live on this planet, no-one else gets to either. With planet-wide destruction on their minds, Chicago-based blackened crust band Red Moon Rising's latest EP stares deep into the abyss. Moments of genuine sadness break up the full-on aural assault.
The vocals are mixed more like foreboding omens than lyrics. And throughout a narration chimes in to warn of our…
Stevie Wonder once said of the neo-soul singer, “When I grow up, I wanna be like Omar!” Omar himself grew up learning from and emulating the recently departed legend Leon Ware, who was one of his biggest influences. Omar's most recent album, Love in Beats, features many special guests, but none quite as special as Ware, who allowed Omar to use elements of his classic tune "Rockin' You Eternally" for the song "Gave My Heart" and also contributed additional vocals.…Continue