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H.E.R. Shares Powerful New Protest Song “I Can’t Breathe”

Bay Area native H.E.R. makes police brutality and systemic racism the subject of her powerfully moving new single, “I Can’t Breathe.” Debuted earlier this month on iHeartRadio’s Living Room Concert series, the song has been released with a music video online. With “I Can’t Breathe,” H.E.R. commands attention from across the nation, making sure we […]

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Bartees Strange Covers The National to Subvert the White Indie Scene on Say Goodbye to Pretty Boy EP

The phrase ‘representation matters’ has gained popularity of late, a rallying cry that accompanies demands that Hollywood diversify casting. Though the symptoms are different, an issue of representation persists today in the music industry as well. The ratio of white executives to executives of color at the most powerful companies is troublingly high, but even […]

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Vibrant Pop Artist Deqn Sue Returns with Earnest New Single “Troll”

In the age of internet chatrooms, then comment sections, then DMs, trolls have been a persistent plague. It’s easy to brush aside for anyone who has a small digital platform, but, as Aidy Bryant’s show Shrill, for one, demonstrated, the nagging hate that comes from faceless avatars can be damaging for everyone involved. Basically, it’s […]

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Vintage Gold: Labi Siffre — The Underrated Poet who Pens Poignant Sentiments On Civil and Social Rights

With a career that spans over half a century, musician and singer/songwriter Labi Siffre remains relatively unknown to many music fans despite his vast influences in the music industry. Born in London, Siffre’s talent as a musician led him to play in prominent New York City Jazz clubs in the 60s and 70s (both on […]

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Press Play: With a soothingly sweet voice, Arlo Parks captures the complexity of life

Capturing the complexity of life, London based musician Arlo Parks pens a universal narrative with her music. Though she’s just emerged onto the music scene, Parks writes with astounding clarity and has a keen sense of perception. Singing about all that she observes and feels from the beauty we find in little moments to the […]

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Wargirl find bliss and power on defiant second album ‘Dancing Gold’

Long Beach sextet Wargirl have long straddled an array of genres rooted in 70s rock and soul, gliding effortlessly between War, Blondie, Chaka Khan, and more with fierce grace. But with the release of their second album, the aptly named Dancing Gold, the six-headed commune of musical crossroads that is Wargirl have successfully taken the […]

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Press Play: On New EP, Zaia Muses on Being a Black Man in America

Contemporary artist Zaia understands that existing in this world, especially as a young black man, means eventually battling with some demons from within and without, which is exactly what he’s done in his latest release, ‘Very Alone,’ a scorching 9-song EP from the Atlanta based artist. From racing thoughts about love to wondering about AI […]

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Patricia Sanchez |
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TeaMarrr digs her teeth into the mess of relationships in an outpouring of wit and honesty on new EP

At the heart of TeaMarrr’s music, there’s a deep desire and urgency for healing that flows from her blending of pop, hip-hop, and R&B. For TeaMarrr, there’s an imperative for people to “heal themselves with [her] sound,” with hopes that listeners walking away thinking: “TeaMarrr is my new pharmacist.” That altruism takes shape and is […]

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Benjamin Carter Releases Buttery New Single “Fragile”

Indie RnB is constantly reinventing itself with the likes of upcoming dynamic artists — enter: Benjamin Carter, a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, but originally from the Cayman Islands. Benjamin’s new single, “Fragile,” embraces his vulnerability over creamy vocals and a funky bass. The chorus features blossoming, atmospheric instrumentals as Benjamin sings of being too […]

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Press Play: Dua Saleh’s New Single “Body Cast” Mourns Those Killed by Police

A protest song is a genre that transcends sound, and the diverse outcries this year continue to ring out. Even the sound of Minneapolis’ own Dua Saleh has varied since their last single, “Umbrellar,” which appeared on Grimy Goods’ Best New Songs Playlist in April. The Sudanese artist’s new cut is a portrait of police […]

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Zoe Elaine |