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Similar Fashion - 'Portrait Of'

Miller Wrenn
Contributing Writer
millerwrenn@gmail.com / @MillerWrenn

On Portrait Of, the sophomore offering from Los Angeles-based experimental quartet Similar Fashion, the group presents an intricate yet viscerally compelling musical object, full of inventive layering and development of musical material that remains very accessible, likely in part due to the tangibly joyful ensemble dynamic that you can't help but smile at.

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The Line-Up for 16 February 2018

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

I was cutting it close this week, arriving at the radio station just a half hour before my show was set to start with barely any ideas on what to play. I managed to pull it all together, though, with a full hour of newness that rises to the high expectations you have of this show.

The Line-Up for 16 February 2018

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Rafiq Bhatia - "Hoods Up" (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia is super dope. He does super dope work with Son Lux (new album Brighter Wounds is out now. He does super dope work with Vijay Iyer (take note every time you hear about Thums Up). He does super dope work on his own. In fact, he's set to release his second album, Breaking English, this coming April on the Anti- label. Check out the first single, "Hoods Up", in reference to the slaying of Trayvon Martin, after the jump and pre-order the album at Bhatia's Bandcamp.

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Quin Kirchner - 'The Other Side of Time'

Brian Kiwanuka
Contributing Writer
bkiwanuka91@gmail.com

When speaking of jazz cities, New York and New Orleans are the ones that immediately come to mind, however, Chicago also deserves a shout. The city is no stranger to jazz creativity, being the home of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and having a scene which honed the chops of talented modern jazz names such as Tomeka Reid, Jaimie Branch and Matana Roberts. Drummer Quin Kirchner, a Chi-Town native, proves to be another quality example of the Chicago scene in his debut record, The Other Side of Time. The bandleader is an integral part of his skillful quintet made up of Nick Broste (trombone), Nate Lepine (tenor saxophone, flute), Jason Stein (bass clarinet) and Matt Ulery (bass).

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Jazz and Hip-Hop Collective QNA Drops New Single "Karoshi"

Sébastien Hélary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

NYC jazz and hip-hop collective QNA are set to drop their sophomore effort, XII, this month. The band, comprised of MC Supe, vocalist Marina Espinet, saxophonist Benjamin Chin, guitarist TJ Adorno, keyboardist Zaven Embree, bassist Dylan Kaminkow, and drummer Marco Gill, brings us intelligent and mature verses augmented by real instrumental musicians and the freedom of improvised music. Wise beyond their years, QNA have their whole future ahead of them to make their mark and we’re pretty sure we’ll be writing about them for years to come. So if you wanna take the red pill and see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, check out QNA’s new single “Karoshi”, the Japanese word for "death from overwork", below the jump. With this track, QNA aims to free us from the grind and leave us, the listener, feeling enlightened and empowered.