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BJ The Chicago Kid: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

The 34-year old R&B mainstay used his moment at the desk to fit in as many of his most cherished songs as possible — Nine songs in 17 minutes to be exact.

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Heat Check: Off-Kilter Cuts For The In-Between

Monday, November 04, 2019

From a surprisingly sinister Frank Ocean freebie to a new direction for the normally airy and joyful April + VISTA, these Heat Check selections give you space to suspend yourself.

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Heat Check: Candy-Coated Sludge And Sticky, African Alt-Soul

Monday, October 28, 2019

"I'd twerk to Mozart!" is the type of bold thinking we need these days. The picks on this week's Heat Check subvert the norm and take you to unexpected places.

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Megan Thee Stallion: Live At NPR's Tiny Desk Fest

Monday, October 28, 2019

The secret's out! One of 2019's brightest new stars peformed a live show at the Tiny Desk.

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Listen: Kanye West Finally Drops 'Jesus Is King'

Friday, October 25, 2019

After some confusion, mixed messaging and conflicting timelines, Kanye West's ninth studio album, Jesus Is King, has arrived.

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Heat Check: Getting Lost, Giving In

Monday, October 21, 2019

From a raunchy, R&B label debut by TeaMarrr to Vagabon's atmospheric music, these immersive songs command you to stop, listen and let go.

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Heat Check: Songs That Let It All Out

Monday, October 07, 2019

With new music from Wale, Swsh, Mahalia and more, these songs of catharsis are just what you need to disconnect.

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The 5 Best 'Before They Were Stars' Tiny Desk Concerts

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

They were always stars to us. But some Tiny Desk alums just happened to stop by shortly before their careers really took off.

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Heat Check: Euphoric Shuffle Play

Monday, September 30, 2019

From Empress Of to Poundside Pop, this week's Heat Check selects reflect a brain refreshed.

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Tyler, The Creator Peels Back His Layers With 'A BOY IS A GUN*' Video

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tyler, The Creator's alter ego spirals into a clothes-throwing, lawn-sprinting, bubble-bath-soaking mess — you know, as you do during a breakup.

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Heat Check: Future Nostalgia

Monday, September 16, 2019

Like most things in our century, nostalgia has caught up with us at a bewildering rate. This week's additions to the Heat Check playlist take you back while they push you forward.

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Heat Check: Motivators And Hater-Slayers

Monday, September 09, 2019

This week's motivating playlist additions from all across the culture map — from hip-hop to pop to Jersey club — carry the essence of the hustle. Playtime is over.

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out Sep. 6

Friday, September 06, 2019

Our list of the best albums out this week includes The Highwomen's self-titled release, R&B singer Mahalia's remarkable Love and Compromise, new Frankie Cosmos, MUNA, Lower Dens and more.

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Tank And The Bangas Tap Into Universal 'Forgetfulness' In New Video

Thursday, September 05, 2019

In their latest video, the New Orleans-based band roams the streets of Paris, trying to remember what, exactly, they're supposed to be doing.

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Heat Check: Friends Of Friends Of Friends

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

This week on Heat Check, hear the hottest, grimiest, funkiest new artists recommended by friends with bomb music taste.

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Heat Check: Transposed Emotions And Atmospheric Plot Twists

Monday, August 26, 2019

This week's Heat Check playlist selects will compel your ear to stay agile and might even inspire you to do some obscure sample-digging.

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Missy Elliott Drops 'ICONOLOGY,' Her First Original Project In 14 Years

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Virginia game-changer and Grammy winner drops a five-song EP ahead of being honored at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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Heat Check: Spasmodic Raps And Fleeting Feels

Monday, August 19, 2019

This week's Heat Check playlist is dedicated to that warm, willowy sweet spot of summer denial. Stream new tracks by Jorja Smith, Brockhampton and Bakar.

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Baby Rose Guides Us Through The Emotional Sludge Of Love

Monday, August 19, 2019

Baby Rose's smokey voice evokes a wisdom beyond her years. That's part of what sets the rising singer's debut album, To Myself, apart from the current R&B scene.

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On Aug. 16

Friday, August 16, 2019

Our sprint through the best new albums out this week include Sleater-Kinney's The Center Won't Hold, Boston rapper Cousin Stizz, R&B singer Snoh Aalegra, the country singer Lillie Mae and more.

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