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Who Says There’s No Good Music Anymore? Here Are The 50 Best Albums of the 2010’s

Anyone who quips that there’s no good music anymore needs to open up and let it in. Music is more daring, experimental and free than ever, and the artists who fearlessly explore are often rewarded with appreciation from the music loving community. From edgy late-in-life releases like Bowie’s ‘blackstar’ to mind-expanding opuses like Kamasi Washington’s...

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The 12 Greatest Releases of Music in the Year 2013

#12 Amok  by Atoms For Peace Thom Yorke’s out-of-thin-air “Supergroup” finally gives us a stamped-and-sealed debut album of new material from the brains and spinal cords of Flea, Nigel Godrich,  Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. Amok is everything Yorke’s solo album, The Eraser, is only with rhythms more tribal and persistent, songs that expand and experience rapid evolution. It’s always...

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10 Artists You MUST Hear This Fall

As we draw into the latter stages of 2013 (how quickly has it gone by the way?!), let’s take a look at some traditional big-hitters, and some newer artists that may be catching you by surprise this autumn… San Cisco A band I first saw in Spring of this year, supporting the strange, indie stylings...

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Janelle Monae’s “Electric Lady” Is Like Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”, Only With Great Vocals

Picture Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories”, but with no autotune, vocoder, robot voices, or Pharrell. Instead, over those beautifully produced disco/funk beats and arrangements, place one of the great vocalists of our time there, and you’ll have an idea of what to except from Janelle Monae’s new album “The Electric Lady”. Janelle Monae, since discovering...

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The Best Live Television Performance of the 2000’s – Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope”

The best live television performance of the 2000’s is Janelle Monae’s tour de force display of “Tightrope” on David Letterman in 2010, in support of her album “The Archandroid”. It’s a bold statement, I know, but let’s not get polarized here. We’re changing formats a bit at the I.M.P blog, and I’m taking time to...

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Honest Music of the Day – Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley is a mysterious, loving force, and his music is a beautiful thing to take in. When he rose to stardom in 2011 with his jaw-dropping debut “No Time For Dreaming” and heavily buzzed-about cover and complete re-imagining of Nirvana’s “Stay Away”, it made me feel deep joy, because not all is as it...

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