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Premiere: "Move and Shout" by Boulevards
In a super-funky video that's saturated in retro vibes, Boulevards and director Ramon Zubia create a dance party for the artist's buoyant track "Move and Shout," premiering on Cool Hunting today. Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) tells us, "The idea...
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Charles Bradley: Changes
It’s hard not to shed a tear, listening to Charles Bradley’s music. At the same time, it’s impossible not to feel uplifted too. Such is the anomaly that is the 67-year-old soul singer, whose passion radiates so strongly it feels like he’s right...
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Lawrence: Superficial
NYC-based band Lawrence, helmed by siblings Clyde and Gracie Lawrence and backed up by a talented slew of musicians (including a three-piece horn section), are driving to Austin this very moment to perform over the next three days at SXSW, before continuing...
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Premiere: "Time" by EMEFE
NYC afrobeat dance band staple EMEFE, founded by beast of a drummer and vocalist Miles Arntzen (who keeps the beat for Antibalas and Will Butler of Arcade Fire), will have you hooked after one live show. (Start with them funking up a van with their...
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Vulfpeck: Funky Duck
Funk band with a sense of humor Vulfpeck reached internet fame last year with "Sleepify," an album made up of nothing but silent tracks and released on Spotify. Asking fans to play it on repeat before going to bed, the band ended up making around...
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Boulevards: Sanity Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) brings the '70s back in a big and catchy way with "Sanity," a full-energy track that celebrates the best clichés of the era—like hand claps, glittery riffs, groovy bass lines and smoother-than-caramel...
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Boulevards: Sanity
Boulevards (aka Jamil Rashad) brings the '70s back in a big and catchy way with "Sanity," a full-energy track that celebrates the best clichés of the era—like hand claps, glittery riffs, groovy bass lines and smoother-than-caramel vocals—while remaining...
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Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote's "Molasses" Live in Paris
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...
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William Onyeabor Box Sets
Much of Onyeabor's identity remains a mystery, but crate-diggers have been fans for years, and 2013 saw Luaka Bop finally bring his songs to the (curious) masses. Discovering Onyeabor's music is like being let in on a very special secret. Rich with...
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Kalimist K Boog Gives Funk a Modern Facelift
The words "hip-hop," "funk" and " Tel Aviv" usually aren't uttered in the same sentence, but one musician is making sure it will soon become commonplace. Daniel Kalimist has been flying under the radar for some time, DJing at local venues like Pasaz...
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Snoop Dogg: In 3 Records
West Coast OG rapper Snoop Dog could never lose the street cred he so deserves, but his recent foray into reggae left many thinking the hip-hop legend has lost his edge. Leave it to London's beloved radio host Benji B to remind everyone why we should...
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Thelonious Monk: Paris 1969 A never before released concert film and audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris will finally be made available to the public on 25 November from Blue Note Records. Monk...
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Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler: You Don't Own Me
Australian-born, LA-based DJ, producer and vocalist Anna Lunoe just wrapped her US tour with The Weeknd and a release of the songs she played, and now delivers this week's #PrivateJam. "Since reaching adulthood, I refuse to re-watch movies. No matter...
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Francis and the Lights: Like a Dream
In advance of their 25 November EP drop, Francis and the Lights have released a magical new video for their smooth lead single, "Like a Dream." In one take, charismatic frontman Francis Starlight dances his way, with signature style and fluid moves...
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Danny Brown & Mndsgn: Sweeney Song
Everything Detroit's hip-hop veteran Danny Brown drops is worth a listen. Teaming up with Philadelphia producer MNDSGN, Brown released "Sweeney Song" as a part of a new project by former hip-hop blogger Sweeny Kovar (known for his heady hip-hop site...
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Zero 7: On My Own
After a four-year hiatus, Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker of London-based duo Zero 7 have released a new 12" white label "On My Own," featuring a vocalist they've never worked with before: Danny Pratt. That's not all that's new; the trip-hop duo—with...
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Parquet Courts: You've Got Me Wonderin' Now
The four-piece band from New York has a raw punk sound that could easily have been found on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack; the recorder line on Parquet Courts' newest single, "You've Got Me Wonderin' Now," is a resonating blast from the past...
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Megadeth: Holy Wars
For this week's #PrivateJam, Kenny G gave us his own guilty pleasure hit. Our woodwind spirit animal explained that after taking his son to one of their shows years ago, he's still hair-over-heels for Megadeth's "Holy Wars." The band's #1 hit featured...
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Parquet Courts: You've Got Me Wonderin' Now The four-piece band from New York has a raw punk sound that could easily have been found on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater soundtrack; the recorder line on Parquet Courts' newest single, "You've Got Me Wonderin...
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Justin Timberlake: Summer Love
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are taking place in Brooklyn tonight, a first in the show's 30-year history. This past week has been a roller-coaster of rumors involving Justin Timberlake, who will be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award...
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George Duke: Reach Out
Famed jazz funk keyboardist George Duke passed away on 5 August 2013 at the age of 67 and his memorial service—which took place this past Monday—included performances from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan. When Duke passed away, the ripple through Twitter...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: Bonde do Rolê
This video visits DJ Gorky and Ana Bernardino of the Brazilian band Bonde do Rolê on a beach in Rio. We also get an impromptu bedroom performance by the duo, along with some insights into their concert style, influences and the origins of their...
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The Heavy: Great Vengeance and Furious Fire
By happy accident I recently caught the amazing sounds of The Heavy on a BBC radio live session and almost had to stop the car for fear of crashing with the thrill of it. Incredibly rich, funky and, well, appropriately heavy music; the lead singer...
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Flavorpill's Planetarium Party Ticket Giveaway
Flavorpill's One Step Beyond Party is taking over the American Museum of Natural History once again this upcoming Friday, 14 September 2007, this time with Bonde Do Role, Plastic Little and King Britt. After a short summer hiatus, the party comes...
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Heya Hifi Records: Music and Food
Have you ever wondered what Giles Peterson likes to cook for his wife after a long day traveling the globe, deejaying and being a musical tastemaker for all the world? Try Spaghetti and Sea Urchins?! Answering these questions, the dapper pair that...
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