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A dreamy tune from Girlpool, Yoko Ono's new take on "Imagine," genre-spanning Phony Ppl and more in this week's musical round-up

Phony Ppl: somethinG about your love.

From their new album mō’zā-ik. (available to stream in its entirety on NPR today), Phony Ppl‘s “somethinG about your love.” is a sunny tune that—like all of the BK-based band’s music—bounces between several genres. The entire album spans neo-soul, hip-hop, funk, bossa nova, pop and just about everything between, in a delightfully satisfying and infectious manner. While the five-piece has gone through a few line-up changes since 2015’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow, the music remains unfettered and playful without feeling hollow.

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Yoko Ono: Imagine

In 2017, Yoko Ono won co-writing credit for the song “Imagine,” 46 years after the iconic track was released. For what would have been John Lennon’s 78th birthday, Ono has released a delicate new rendition—produced by Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett—which is set to appear on her forthcoming album of original material, Warzone. Ono’s video for the song features the lyrics, many of which she’s handwritten, and cloud …


The return of Missy, Ono remixed, a cosmic cat video, Butoh dance and more in this week's music

Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams: WTF (Where They From) Flashy, playful and high-energy, “WTF (Where They From)” is classic Missy Elliott. A snippet of the track—a collaboration with Pharrell Williams—was released a while back, but today the all-singing, all-dancing video was released, complete with marionette versions of the two lead artists. Directed by Missy herself and Dave Meyers, it’s everything you love about Missy: futuristic …