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Budweiser Made in America Festival - Day 2

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Solange performs on day 2 of the 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 in Philadelphia.

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our regular segment in which we talk about the best in new music. This week we're joined by music supervisor Morgan Rhodes and Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com.

Morgan's Picks:

Artist: Flume and Chet Faker
Album: Lockjaw EP
Release Date: 11/22/13
Songs: "Drop the Game", "This Song Is Not About A Girl"

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This brand new EP just came out, and it's just a collaboration between two very hot Australian producers. Australia is hot right now. Chet Faker, the vocalist, did a cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity", which no one was expecting from him, but it was sort of cool and sexy. This is ethereal, electronic sort of pop Indie rock and I'm very happy about the two of them performing together. They are also touring together so this collaboration is long awaited and very excited.  -- Morgan Rhodes

Artist: Khari Mateen
Album: Qualia
Release Date: 11/26/13
Song: "Where Did They Go Now"

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Khari Mateen's song "Where Did They Go Now," from his new album, "Qualia," is based on a conversation that he had with two vets, one from the war in Iraq and a Vietnam war veteran. He got interested in PTSD, did some digging into it and made this song. He is more well known for his work with The Roots, Grammy nominated for his production on Game Theory. This album is very bluesy, folksy.  -- Morgan Rhodes

Artist: The Delegators
Album: All Aboard
Release Date: Nov. 26
Song: "It Ain't Love"

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This has a lot of ska in it and ska was based on a lot of R&B and soulful rhythms to begin with. There were three waves of ska, but it definitely started in Jamaica in the '60s and at its base there is soul and R&B. I found them on Band Camp, which is the most excellent repository for underground sounds. Beautiful album. -- Morgan Rhodes

Oliver's Picks:

Artist: Solange Knowles
Album: Saint Heron
Release Date: Nov. 3
Songs: "Relax"

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This is a new compilation album called Saint Heron, which is also the name of Solange Knowles' new collective. I think people probably know Solange as being Beyonce's younger sister and far less famous, but while Beyonce is basically queen of the universe as we know it, Solange has been really happy doing much more of the boutique thing. She has brought together a collective of different artists, most of them up-and-coming, to collaborate with her. It's not just music, I think they are getting him to design.

I think Solange has been very good about not trying to compete in the same territory. If you look at the music that she has put out over the last 10 years at the same time that Beyonce has gone meteoric. Solange has been very happy carving out these different niches for herself, in a way that she is not trying to compete with big sister. She is just trying to do her own thing. That's a smart way to go rather than always dwelling under the shadow. -- Oliver Wang

Artist: Compilation from Numero Group
Album: Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound
Songs: "Got to be Something" by Louis Connection, "Sunshine Lady" by Mind & Matter
Release Date: Dec. 3

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Ever wonder how Prince or The Time developed their particular brand of Minnesota funk? This new compilation from Numero Group looks at the early roots of that sound in disco, soul and funk releases of the 1970s and early '80s, coming out of Minneapolis. -- Oliver Wang


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