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Anderson .Paak: King James Anderson .Paak‘s third album Oxnard was just released in November and he’s already sharing new music from his fourth record Ventura. The first song from the LP, “King James” is an ode to LeBron James and his dedication to giving back to underserved communities. It also mentions Colin Kaepernick kneeling, the possible border wall, gun violence and more. While the subject …

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Farewell to Keith Flint, a lost track from Röyksopp, a moving song by Amanda Palmer and more music this week

Amanda Palmer: Voicemail For Jill Through her latest track and music video, the unflinching Amanda Palmer directly addresses the fact that abortion is oft-hidden and not easily discussed. She does so with a beautiful piano-driven piece and lyrics that begin with specificity and develop—through impassioned storytelling—into a tale of love and support. “Making a song about abortion is hard, and making a video for that …

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Solange's new record, a hopeful and political anthem, a tribute to Talk Talk's Mark Hollis and more

Solange: Sound of Rain Released at midnight, Solange’s superb fourth full-length album When I Get Home is a lush sonic exploration. Sprawling across 19 tracks (some of which are just brief interludes) the record is all written, performed and executive produced by Solange, but includes contributions from Dev Hynes, Panda Bear, The-Dream, Earl Sweatshirt and others. The lovely “Sound of Rain” (produced by Solange, Pharrell …