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Lizzo has blended the beauty and grace of self-love and gospel with an otherworldly flow and masterful lyricism throughout her career, and it’s hard to say which direction she’ll take next.

“Concrete Dreams” by Mic Capes

Mic Capes’ “Concrete Dreams” mixtape is one of our 11 favorite Portland releases of 2016. The emcee’s sophomore effort “rewards attentive listeners with subtle, but pointed, wordplay and never lets up.”

“Light Years” by WL

WL’s “Light Years” is out now on X-Ray Records. Our Tyler Sanford says it “offers explorations of the human condition, traversing territories between sorrow and serenity.”

“Feature Magnetic” by Kool Keith

Kool Keith’s “Feature Magnetic” is trying to punctuate a prolific and unique rapping career. The problem is that it sounds 20 years out of fashion.

Charlotte Day Wilson

Charlotte Day Wilson hails from a booming Toronto R&B scene, but rather than match the pitch of the party, her debut EP expresses earnest contemplation over its six tracks. See her Sept. 19 at Crystal Ballroom with Local Natives.


Fascinator, the electronic and dance project from Johnny Mackay, comes to Portland July 19 at Bunk Bar.

Jessy Lanza

Touring her acclaimed new synth pop record, “Oh No,” Jessy Lanza plays Doug Fir Lounge on June 23.

“Congrats” by Holy Fuck

Our review of Holy Fuck’s first album since 2010.

“Painting of a Panic Attack” by Frightened Rabbit

Read our review of “Painting of a Panic Attack,” the new record from the emotive Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit.

“Dame Fortune” by RJD2

Our Tyler Sanford says the latest from RJD2 finds success when it’s willing to experiment.