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  • Friday, July 31, 2015|0 comments

    Lianne La Havas's new album, Blood, is out now. "The album demands, and rewards, all the attention you can give it," raves Rolling Stone. "[W]hat comes across first is the sheer grace of her voice," says the New York Times. "La Havas remains confident and strong to the core in her new music," says NPR, "a powerhouse with a full heart, creating music that's sweeping, inspiring and downright fun." "Blood cuts straight to the heart," says The Daily Beast, "a seductive blend of poetic lyricism, sultry vocals, and strong yet understated musicianship." Pitchfork calls it "an almost seamless album." It's "nearly flawless," raves PopMatters. "The steps forward here are borderline transcendent."

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  • Friday, July 31, 2015|0 comments

    Newly formed Congolese seven-piece band Mbongwana Star's debut full-length album, From Kinshasa, released in May via World Circuit, distributed in North America by Nonesuch Records, is now available on vinyl. The LP edition is pressed on 140-gram, audiophile vinyl and includes a download of the complete album. It's a "wonderful kind of collaboration," says NPR. "The sound is out of this world." Chicago Reader says the "album is a blast ... stunning." Says Noisey: "It's time to press play and immerse yourself in another world."

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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015|0 comments

    Audra McDonald, a board member of Covenant House International, has embarked on a campaign to raise $25,000 or more for the organization in its 2015 Broadway Sleep Out fundraising campaign to serve homeless young people in need. She is offering an array of one-of-a-kind prizes in exchange for donations made between now and Wednesday, August 5, including personalized Tweets, signed CDs, singing telegrams, video messages, and a chance to join her for hot chocolate at Sardi's.

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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2015|0 comments

    Lianne La Havas's song "What You Don't Do," from her new album, Blood, and The Staves' "Black and White," from their new album, If I Was, have made NPR's Heavy Rotation, the monthly list of Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing. La Havas is "glowing, her voice as rich as ever," says KCRW's Anne Litt. "There's no doubt that Lianne La Havas is a powerhouse with a full heart, creating music that's sweeping, inspiring and downright fun." The Staves "are incredible performers with unmatched harmonies," says WFUV's Russ Borris. The album "is a stunning piece of work with a beauty that connects and cuts at the same time," with this song "exemplifying what makes this band unique and impressive."

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  • Monday, July 27, 2015|0 comments

    Lianne La Havas's new album, Blood, is out this Friday, July 31. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full all this week in the US as an NPR First Listen. Her 2012 debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, was "wonderfully refreshing," says NPR's Tom Moon. And on the new album, she's created songs like the single "What You Don't Do," which features "the kind of stunning, kinetic performance we rarely hear on the radio these days." Blood showcases an eclectic range of songs and moods, and it's "unusual to hear a singer so confident in her ability to bring the extremes (particularly the quiet ones) across so vividly."

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