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Saul Williams’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Saul Williams has a NPR Tiny Desk Concert and performs three songs from his MartyrLoserKing album. He is joined by two acoustic guitars and they peform stripped down versions of “Burundi,” “Time For Some Ignorance” and “Think Like They Book Say.”

Kaytranada Releases 0.001% ??? Mixtape

 

Kaytranada just won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize for 99.9% debut album. Now he gives his fans the 0.001% ??? mixtape which is a free download. He’s currently touring 99.9% in the United States see the tour dates below.

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Tricky Presents New Single Does It With CASISDEAD From The Obia EP

Tricky and UK Grime rapper CASISDEAD are a team on the reworking of the Skilled Mechanics’ “Does It.” The dark single is from Tricky’s Obia EP which pairs him with established and new artists that he chooses with the purpose of widening their visibility. “Does It” will be released September 28th on Tricky’s False Idols label.

Watch Kandace Springs Cover Prince’s The Beautiful Ones

Kandace Springs is one of a few younger artists to receive advice from Prince before his unexpected passing earlier this year. He contacted her on Twitter after seeing her perform Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and they became email pals. Prince advised her on the direction of her music and invited her to close his 30th anniversary Purple Rain show. Springs was recently a guest on the SiriusXM  Heart & Soul show and she performed a cover of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones.” Springs’ Soul Eyes debut was released during the summer.

Dam-Funk-Hazy Stomp

Dam-Funk’s “Hazy Stomp” is part of a three-song collection called Architecture that he recorded for the Saft label. The song is three minutes of deep house/funk sounds reflective of the summer and early fall. Architecture will be released in November.

MC Melodee & Cookin Soul-Passport Pimpin Official Video

MC Melodee and Cookin Soul have fun in Tokyo while on tour and use the scenario to make the video for “Passport Pimpin.” The Dutch rapper released her Passport Pimpin album over the summer and the production duo, based in Spain, exclusively produced the project.

Atlanta Renewed For Second Season

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Donald Glover’s FX television series Atlanta has been renewed for a second season after three heavily watched and critically acclaimed episodes. Last’s week’s episode had 1.3 million viewers following up the highest premiere numbers for a primetime comedy in the past three years. Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry and Lakeith Stanfield are cousins and a friend navigating Henry’s adventures as an up and coming rapper. Migos appeared on last week’s show and there was music from Shabazz Palaces. Atlanta airs on the Tuesday nights at 10PM ET.

Jimi Hendrix-Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East 12/31/69 (First Show ) Trailer

On New Year’s Eve of 1969 Jimi Hendrix had his famous Band of Gypsys’ concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City. The shows were a musical turning point in his short life because he was transitioning from his Experience band and focusing on more soulful sounds with The Band Of Gypsys. These shows are also noted for his electrifying performance of “Machine Gun” that transported the audience to the Vietnam War with a virtuosity that made his guitar sound just like combat. On September 30th the first of the shows that took place on New Year’s will be available as the recording, Machine Gun: Live At The Fillmore East 12/31/69 (First Show). In this trailer, his longtime engineer Eddie Kramer and his friend and Band of Gypsy’s bandmember Billy Cox talk about these performances and where Hendrix was musically focused at the time. In 2011, the shows that happened the following night on January 1, 1970, were released in DVD form as Band Of Gypsys:Live At The Fillmore East. These were some of Hendrix’s last performances as he died in September of 1970.

Philly’s Wetbrain Release Filter Face Single Today

Philadelphia funk/rock band Wetbrain is independently releasing their “Filter Face” single today. The four-man group came together in 2014 lead by vocalist Matthew del Rio’s hip-hop roots that eventually yielded to a sound dominated by rock and funk. They count Kendrick Lamar, Pink Floyd and N.E.R.D. among their influences. “Filter Face” places them at the crossroads of Funkadelic and hip-hop. The pace of their rock riffs with del Rio’s rapping and singing is in line with the Red Hot Chili Peppers but Philadelphia’s gray concrete takes over instead of California sunshine. Stream “Filter Face” above and buy it at CD Baby.

Lion Babe Cover She’s A Lady

Listen to Lion Babe cover “She’s A Lady” that Tom Jones made popular in the ’70’s. Their contemporary nod to disco fits in with their ongoing love of dance music.

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