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Philly meets Frank: Alex G and Jazmine Sullivan are featured on Frank Ocean’s new visual album, Endless

Frank Ocean | photo via boysdontcry.co

It’s here.

The world has been waiting ever so impatiently for R&B icon Frank Ocean‘s newest work since 2012’s channel ORANGE, and Thursday night it finally dropped. Now available on Apple Music is Ocean’s visual album Endless. The fact that it’s presented as a visual album might come as a surprise. So might the idea that it isn’t entitled Boys Don’t Cry, as Ocean had been teasing for so long. But what might be most surprising are the Philly ties on the new project.

Both soul singer Jazmine Sullivan and indie rocker Alex G are featured on multiple tracks. Sullivan’s vocals can be found on “Alabama,” “Wither,” “Hubolts” and “Rushes.” Alex G plays guitar on “Wither,” “Slide On Me,” “Rushes” and “Higgs.” So there you have it: what is one of the most highly anticipated releases in recent memory is flooded with talent that’s rooted right here in Philadelphia. Additional (non-Philly) contributors to the visual album include Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, James Blake, UK R&B vocalist Sampha , producer Arca, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Now, if you can believe this, there actually seems to be more on the way from Ocean. One of his representatives has reportedly said to “keep an eye out for more from Frank.” Most expect it to be the studio album that’s been promised for so long. So maybe that means there’s more Alex G / Jazmine Sullivan / Frank Ocean collaborations just around the corner? Only time will tell. Stay tuned, and watch Frank Ocean’s Endless here.

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Listen to Jazmine Sullivan put an urgent reggae spin on Nina Simone’s “Baltimore”

Photo by John Vettese
Jazmine Sullivan | Photo by John Vettese

Yesterday the music blogosphere was abuzz with the announcement of Nina Revisited… A Tribute To Nina Simone, a new compilation honoring the jazz / blues vocalist and songwriter with new interpretations of her recordings – including Lauryn Hill’s much-shared, 7-minute rendition of “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair.”

Ms. Hill’s epic cover is  certainly worthy of the attention, but a handful of other teaser tracks are afloat in the ether as well, including a lively version of “Baltimore” by Philly’s Jazmine Sullivan. Continue reading →

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Jazmine Sullivan is returning to Philly in April and we’re pumped

Snapshot from Vibe Session performance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlzzumFNIr4)
Snapshot from Vibe Session performance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlzzumFNIr4)

Vocal powerhouse and Philadelphia local Jazmine Sullivan embarked on her Reality Show Tour and made sure to pay a visit to Philly earlier this month, playing a sold-out performance at the TLA and moving on to New York and Denver.  But it looks like the localite isn’t finished with Philly quite yet; Sullivan released her new April dates yesterday and it looks like her hometown will be on the bill once again, performing the TLA on April 26th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow so be sure to snag them while you can, as they are sure to go fast. You can find more information on Sullivan’s upcoming show here. Continue reading →

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Jazmine Sullivan’s Reality Show tour brings her to The TLA on March 10th

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Following her return from musical hiatus and the release of this year’s excellent Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan is taking her songs to the fans on nationwide tour this winter. The Reality Show tour kicks off March 1st in New Orleans, conclude on March 29th in Las Vegas and in between stops at The TLA for a hometown show on March 10th.  Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Happy Reality Show release day to Jazmine Sullivan! See photos of her listening party at MilkBoy

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

“More than anything, I’m a storyteller,” Philly’s Jazmine Sullivan told the big crowd gathered around the tiny stage at MilkBoy Studio. And true to that, her listening party last Thursday very much had a Storytellers vibe to it: Sullivan seated on a barstool, listening to the album track by track, pausing in between to share background tidbits and perspective on each one. Continue reading →

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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Best Local Albums of 2010

Philly Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca dropped his 2010 Best of Music lists today including best albums, songs, live concerts and best local albums of the year. His best live show of the year was Sufjan Stevens at the Academy of Music. His best songs of the year list (which you can listen to here) has “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae featuring Big Boi at number one. DeLuca’s Best Local Albums of 2010 showcases why there is no doubt Philly’s local music scene is at a high point with a diverse group of excellent releases. The list includes:
1 – Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame
2 – Free Energy – Free Energy
3 – Jazmine Sullivan – Love Me Back
4 – Chiddy Bang – The Preview
5 -Drink Up Buttercup – Born and Thrown
6 – Summer Fiction – Summer Fiction
7 – Sun Airway – Nocturne of Exploded
8 – Notekillers – We’re Here To Help
9 – Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge
10 – North Lawrence Midnight Singers
You can read Dan’s comments on these local albums here. Check out a couple videos from Jazmine Sullivan and Free Energy below.

And speaking of the best of musical things local, The Key wants you to submit your favorites for the year for local bands, albums and up-and-coming acts for our first annual Best of Local Music year in review. You can submit your votes here.