Producer-DJ Ramble Jon Krohn has been combining disparate sounds into his own unique, soulful take on underground hip-hop as RJD2 for more than two decades. And in addition to his work with others, RJD2 (above, the video for “The Sheboygan Left”) also does his own thing as a singer-songwriter and engaging performer. Recorded in Philadelphia, his eclectic sixth studio album, Dame Fortune (stream it below), which includes guests like Son Little, came out last year. “Jumbling Krautrock, ’70s electronica and Philly soul at its brightest, Dame Fortune is producer RJD2’s grandest solo record since his 2002 debut,” raved AllMusic. “Dame Fortune is a culmination album with an artist’s evolution pushing things forward with all his strengths in tow.” Check out those strengths live when he returns to New York City on Friday night at Brooklyn Steel.
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Next week, Portugal. The Man—John Gourley (guitar and vocals), Zachary Carothers (bass and vocals), Kyle O’Quin (guitar, keys and vocals), Eric Howk (guitar) and Jason Sechrist (drums)—will release their newest album, Woodstock, which features, among others, Richie Havens, Son Little and Fargo’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead. It’s the band’s eighth long-player, but their first in more than four years. And while four years might not feel like too long, in Portugal. The Man years, it’s close to a geological epoch. With the lead single, “Feel It Still” (above, performed live on KEXP FM), already making waves—its soulful psych-pop working it to the top of the alt-rock charts and its politically charged video drawing the ire of certain media types—the anticipation for Woodstock is high. New York City will get an extra-special preview of songs new and old when Portugal. The Man stop by for two appearances at Terminal 5 this week, tomorrow and Wednesday. (L.A. duo Electric Guest and the Bronx’s own Kemba open each night.) PTM shows are always don’t-miss affairs, combining sing-along hooks, dense, Pink Floyd-ian space-outs and usually a surprise or two. So do yourself a favor: Don’t miss. —A. Stein | @Neddyo
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Kelis Rogers grew up in Harlem with music (and food) in her blood. Rogers’ father was a jazz musician, and she played a variety of instruments and sang in her church’s choir before attending the famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Influenced by funk, soul and hip-hop, Kelis’s first album arrived in 1999, but it was her third album, 2003’s Tasty (stream it below), which told of how she “brings all the boys to the yard,” that made her a star. And on her most recent release, the soul-driven Food (stream it below), the Le Cordon Bleu–trained singer covers some of her favorite culinary topics. In a glowing review, Spin says the album “is teeming with warm brass and chunky riffs, with heaping hunks of vintage soul and salty slabs of funk,” and that “it’s a hearty take on soul food that still manages to shock your taste buds.” See Kelis (above, performing “Jerk Ribs” on Late Show with David Letterman) play Webster Hall on Friday night. The soulful Son Little opens the show.