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Oliver Wang is an culture writer, scholar, and DJ based in Los Angeles. He's the author of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area and a professor of sociology at CSU-Long Beach. He's the creator of the audioblog soul-sides.com and co-host of the album appreciation podcast, Heat Rocks.

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The latest album from Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, The Serpent's Mouth, walks a tightrope between embracing steel pan's melodious charm and its kitschy past. Sesse Lind/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres

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Nominees for song of the summer tend to be lively party anthems, but the grooves on The Internet's Hive Mind, out now, help score summertime's less boisterous but no less sublime moments. Alan Lear/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Internet's 'Hive Mind' Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer

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Cut Chemist's latest album Die Cut incorporates new wave synth rock, country and pop into the DJ's spin cycle. Joseph Armario/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cut Chemist's 'Die Cut' Asks You To Listen Closely

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' final album, Soul of a Woman, is available now. Jacob Blickenstaff /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' 'Soul Of A Woman' Is A Testament To Fortitude

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Mr. Brown Eyed Soul, Sunny & The Sunliners' latest anthology album, is available now. Ramon Hernandez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sunny And The Sunliners' 'Mr. Brown Eyed Soul' Is For The Loved And Lovelorn

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Kendrick Lamar performs a DAMN.-heavy set on Sunday at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' Is Introspective And Unforgiving

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Lee Fields & The Expressions' latest album, Special Night, is out now. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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04Never Be Another You

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Music Review: 'We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service,' A Tribe Called Quest

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As Frankie Reyes, Los Angeles-based musician Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker flips Latin standards into something ghostly and new. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover

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Songs We Love: Lady Wray, 'Do It Again'

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