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A Hair-Whipping Kelela Comes Through With '90s Attitude In 'LMK' Video

The hook-up anthem gets a video full of femme empowerment and late-night hype.

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The Pollyseeds' 'Intentions' Oozes Style

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This just looks like the coolest party ever. Terrace Martin — known for his work with Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar — and his new band that culls from G-Funk, jazz and R&B set the scene.

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Rhye Returns To Lull You Into The Sultriest Stupor

"Please" picks up where 2013's Woman left off: namely, by draping sweet-voiced pleas for intimacy and connection with vaporous layers of softly shimmering soul.

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TLC's Bopping Throwback 'Way Back' Gets Its Own House Party

If it's not already, TLC's "Way Back" should be on your summer playlists, a playful throwback to the R&B group's bopping beginnings.

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Watch José James Perform 'Closer' Live In The Studio

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The modern-day jazz singer gives KCRW a taste of his new R&B-oriented album, Love In A Time Of Madness.

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Jamila Woods' Hair-Raising Video For 'Holy' Is A Psalm Of Self-Love

Some black girl magic and a little reassurance is just what the Chicago native ordered to get over an old flame.

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Avery*Sunshine

The gospel-trained singer showcased why she counts Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson as fans.

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Watch: Shop Talk With George Clinton And Killer Mike

The two musicians settle in at Killer Mike's Atlanta barbershop to discuss everything from the birth of Funkadelic to their barbering philosophies.

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Nick Hakim Sings His Quiet Soul Into Space

In the Optic Obscura installation at SXSW, Hakim sings some psychedelic soul music for outer-space performed in a room that looks like outer-space.

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Lizzo Was 'Good As Hell' At Our SXSW Showcase

The Texas-born, Minneapolis-based powerhouse Lizzo came with her "Big Girls" to Stubb's this year — and brought a surprising cover song along for the ride.