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Chairlift's Beyoncé-inspired track, the bewitching folk of Weyes Blood, and more in this week's musical round-up

Kamasi Washington: The Epic Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has performed with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Lauryn Hill and many more renowned acts (his first national tour was with Snoop Dogg); recently, he was a key collaborator on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Washington’s debut album The Epic lives up to its name, featuring a 32-piece orchestra, 20-person choir and 10-piece band. It may …

Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote’s “Molasses” Live in Paris

A soulful performance that showcases each band member's muscianship

In a time when hyper-manufactured hits created in multimillion dollar studios dominate the airwaves, Melbourne-based quartet Hiatus Kaiyote have been stoking a different kind of fire with their DIY approach built on raw energy, creativity and most of all, musicianship. Their diverse influences—from afro-beat to jazz to flamenco and even sound design—result in a soulful, off-the-wall sound that knows no boundaries. Today, CH premieres an …

Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1

A shared passion for HiFi audio and dedication to the world's best music breads a unique and colorful collaboration

We’ve long been supporters of Sonos, watching their evolution over the past 10 years—we even teamed up with lighting designer Lindsey Adelman to create a one-off Soundalier during NYCxDESIGN week in 2012. That said, the HiFi audio-obsessed brand had yet to release an official limited edition speaker—until today’s announcement of the Blue Note PLAY:1. As Sonos’ VP of Design Tad Toulis says, “When the right …