Artist Laolu NYC’s Mesmerizing Afromysterics

Bringing Yoruba patterns, themes and traditions to everyone from Belvedere to Beyoncé

It’s not uncommon to wonder what brings an artist from obscurity to attention. How do some names burst forth and leave an imprint of their work—and name—on the brains of people across the world? A little more than half-a-decade ago Laolu Senbanjo was a lawyer (like his father and brother) in Nigeria. Acknowledging that it wasn’t the future he wanted, Senbanjo moved to the States, began making …

CHVRCHES: XO (Beyonce Cover)

After wanting to cover Beyonce’s “XO” (from her 2013 self-titled album) for some time, Scottish synth-pop band CHVRCHES finally found an approach they felt comfortable with. Still intimidated to cover Beyonce, the three-piece crafted a pared-back, pretty version live on the Honda Stage at Power Station. While remaining faithful to the original, the percussion-less iteration is gauzy, delicate take.

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Unreleased music from Prince, Georgia collaborates with Caroline Polachek, a live Kate Bush video and more

Prince: Moonbeam Levels Recorded in 1982 (during the time he was making 1999), Prince’s “Moonbeam Levels” was live-streamed today for the first time ever. The track is classic ’80s Prince—buoyant guitars, glitzy drum machines and the beloved musician’s dazzling vocals. From the new greatest hits record Prince 4Ever (released today) the song is one of a few unreleased tracks to appear on the album. Sylvan …