Video: Esperanza Spalding – “Black Gold” (Live)


This song makes us smile inside. First time you probably heard it was when we posted the video to the original with Algebra Blessett. Yesterday, Esperanza Spalding took to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to perform “Black Gold” live with our homie Chris Turner for a shiver inducing duet.

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Video: Avan Lava – “It’s Never Over” (Live)


Brooklyn based band Avan Lava is way too much fun. After watching “It’s Never Over,” you’re going to know exactly what we mean. This ish is contagious. And who are these people anyway? Remember the Blue Man Group? Well yeah, that’s part of it – sort of.

Singer TC (Tom Hennes) and producers Le Chev (Narcisse, Fischerspooner) and Ian Pai (Blue Man Group, Fischerspooner) are no newbies at getting the eff down. Birthed during an overnight bus ride in Brazil, Avan Lava’s music is a tasteful mash of R&B, electronic, and indie in the most desirable way.

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Will Sessions To Release ‘Mix Takes’


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On January 17th, Detroit based band Will Sessions will be releasing Mix Takes, which in addition to original music dives into classics by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Nas, and Dilla.

You may remember the band from their epic work on Elmatic, Elzhi’s re-interpretation of Nas’ Illmatic.

Above, get a yet another taster of this impressive collective with a generous clip from their live recording of Mix Takes!

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Video: Shabazz Palaces on Noisey


Having released their debut album, Black Up, last month, Shabazz Palaces is well on their on their way to creating a new space for their quirky sounds. has chosen to feature the duo for one of their awesome multi-part videos. Watch a candid interview as well as live footage from a performance at Neumo’s in Seattle.

In case you aren’t familiar with the duo already, definitely take a listen and see how Butterfly of Digable Planets has totally flipped his persona for this project.

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New Release: Joss Stone – LP1 + Free MP3 & Videos


Joss Stone‘s first album on her own label, Stone’d Records, is out today! Aptly titlted, LP1 shows Joss taking total creative control; a fresh piano-driven rock sound blends the innate emotive soulfulness of Stone’s vocals with the raw bareness of traditional blues.

The Grammy award-winning singer co-wrote and co-produced the album with super-producer Dave Stewart – not bad at all for the inaugural album on your own label. Congrats to Joss!

In case you missed it, be sure to watch the album video teaser that we posted back in June!

Also, peep Joss’ cute interview about living in a van in the forest on The Late Late Show as well as a live performance on Jay Leno after the jump.

Joss Stone – “Somehow” [MP3]

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Watch an interview and a live performance with Joss after the jump