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Brown Sugar Turns 20

When D’Angelo recorded Brown Sugar, neo-soul did not exist. Think about that. There were a few artists like Tony! Toni! Toné! or Joi who were messing around on the classicist end of R&B, but that’s really all the album had in terms of precedent. That whole subgenre had not yet come into existence. The woode… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 3:16 pm

D’Angelo Discusses Racial Injustice With Black Panther Party Co-Founder Bobby Seale

On last year’s stunning Black Messiah, D’Angelo directly confronted the realities of being black in America and this country’s long history of institutional racism, so it’s no surprise that he has a lot to say about racial injustice. For his second official interview since the release of Black Messiah, D’Angelo brought a New York TimesMore »

By: Peter Helman / June 19, 2015 - 7:35 pm

D’Angelo Says A Black Messiah “Companion Piece” Is On The Way

In his first interview since the release of last year’s surprise album Black Messiah, D’Angelo told Rolling Stone that his new album is only the beginning of his new music. The long-dormant R&B legend followed up his first two albums, 1995’s Brown Sugar and 2000’s Voodoo, with a 14-year-silence. Last year, the widely-lauded Black MessiahMore »

By: Caitlin White / June 15, 2015 - 10:24 am

5 Memorable Sets From Bonnaroo 2015 Saturday

Saturday at Bonnaroo can sometimes be a tricky thing. While you’re in the thick of the weekend and things can get a little crazy around the Farm, it’s also a night where there will be a headliner on the main stage, with a long set with few others (if anyone) playing at the same time… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 14, 2015 - 5:52 pm

Stream D’Angelo’s Spotify Session, Which Includes A Rare Prince Cover

For those of you still reeling over the surprise release of D’Angelo’s long, long awaited Black Messiah, there’s a few more additions to the album thanks to Spotify. In a live session for the streaming service, D’Angelo played a version of “Betray My Heart” that bleeds into Voodoo’s “Spanish Joint,” “Really Love,” and “The Door.”… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 13, 2015 - 11:37 am

D’Angelo Announces U.S. Tour Dates

After his surprise comeback album Black Messiah snuck its way to release at the tail-end of last year, D’Angelo has announced a tour to accompany the record. The R&B legend and his band the Vanguard briefly toured internationally after the album’s release, and will now tour in the U.S. The Vanguard is as follows: Jesse… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 27, 2015 - 10:47 am

Watch D’Angelo Perform Extended Version Of “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” At The Apollo

D’Angelo performed his first post-Black Messiah show at the Apollo last night, on the same stage where he performed at an amateur talent competition in 1991 and won three nights in a row. He ended the night with an extended 14-minute-long version of the Voodoo single “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” You can watch video… More »

By: James Rettig / February 8, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Solange Enlists Beyoncé, Dave Longstreth, Ariel Rechtshaid, A-Trak To Reflect On D’Angelo’s Voodoo

January 25 marked the 15th anniversary of D’Angelo’s seminal Voodoo. Its follow-up, Black Messiah, dropped out of nowhere back in December and it’s a total masterpiece. If anything, it underscores Voodoo’s well-established greatness. Solange’s label, Saint Records, published an homage to Voodoo on the site Saint Heron, asking for musicians to contribute a few word… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Watch D’Angelo’s Stunning Saturday Night Live Debut

D’Angelo continued his comeback with a spot as the musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. It was his first time ever on SNL, his first performance in support of his new album, and his first TV performance in a long while. He was accompanied by his backing band the Vanguard, and… More »

By: James Rettig / February 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

D’Angelo Is Playing SNL

D’Angelo has not played music on TV in many, many years. But with the surprise release of his much-loved comeback album Black Messiah, he is back out there in the world. And now we’ll all get to see exactly how he gets it done onstage. The man will serve as musical guest on the 1/31… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 20, 2015 - 10:30 am

D’Angelo’s First Post-Black Messiah Show Is At The Apollo

D’Angelo’s long-awaited third album Black Messiah was so rapturously received that it made its way to #1 in The Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll despite being released just 11 days before the voting deadline (not to mention its #4 finish in our readers’ poll, the Gummys). Now he’s booked his first concert… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 16, 2015 - 4:55 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This makes two years in a row now that an actual Album Of The Year contender has been released in the pre-holiday murk, a time traditionally reserved for Christmas compilations and extensive box sets, a time after lists of the year’s best albums have been published. That’s too bad — it would be nice to… More »

By: Stereogum / December 19, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Premature Evaluation: D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah

Every once in awhile, an artist somewhere on the R&B/soul/black music spectrum releases an album that’s simultaneously an attempt to come to grips with America, and to tell America to go fuck itself. Among the totemic examples are Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland, Sly And The Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On, Funkadelic’s America EatsMore »

By: Phil Freeman / December 15, 2014 - 11:47 am

Stream D’Angelo And The Vanguard Black Messiah

There’s been lots of speculation, especially among dorks like us, about which superstar would drop a surprise album by the end of the year: Kanye West? Kendrick Lamar? Beyoncé? Nobody expected the late year’s big surprise release to be the mysterious, mercurial album that the elusive R&B legend D’Angelo has been working on for the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 15, 2014 - 8:39 am

D’Angelo – “Sugah Daddy”

When D’Angelo’s manager Kevin Liles promised that the legendary R&B singer’s third album would be out this year after a 14-year gap since Voodoo, we wrote: “We’ll believe all this when it happens.” Well, it’s happening. News broke Friday that Black Messiah — credited to D’Angelo And The Vanguard — will be out this week,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 14, 2014 - 9:06 am

D’Angelo Announces Long-Anticipated Third Album Black Messiah

D’Angelo released his classic sophomore album Voodoo nearly 15 years ago. Since then, there’s been a ton of talk that he’s working on the mysterious follow-up album — in June, his manager said it’d be out in 2014 — but the album itself has, of course, not arrived. But now, we’ve got a YouTube video,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2014 - 4:04 pm

D’Angelo’s Manager Says New Album Will Definitely Be Out This Year

It’s been 14 long years since D’Angelo released Voodoo, his sophomore album and masterpiece. In the years since, D’Angelo has gone into reclusion and come back out again, and we’ve heard vague rumblings about the possible follow-up for years. That album is R&B’s Chinese Democracy, the album that won’t seem real until it actually come… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2014 - 10:53 am

Pattern Is Movement – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (D’Angelo Cover) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Pattern Is Movement have been covering D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” live for a few years now, but this is the first time we are hearing a studio recording from the Philly-based duo. It’s undeniable that Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward are outstanding musicians — we have heard them cover other notable artists i… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / September 30, 2013 - 2:02 pm

The Music Of Prince (Feat. D’Angelo, Elvis Costello, Fred Armisen, & More) @ Carnegie Hall, NYC 3/7/13

Last night, a motley crew of stage and screen stars paid tribute to newly resurgent pop legend Prince at NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Among the performers: D’Angelo, the Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Talib Kweli, Sandra Bernhard, Nina Persson (the Cardigans), the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Betty Lavette, and Fred Armisen, who has impersonated… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 8, 2013 - 11:15 am

Watch D’Angelo Play Brooklyn Bowl

Grumble, grumble, grumble. Last night, while a tons of my colleagues were headed to Brooklyn Bowl to see Questlove and D’Angelo perform together as the Soulquarians, I was in a Hell’s Kitchen surf bar with two of my friends working through our FOMO and reminiscing about D’Angelo’s performance at last summer’s Made In America Festival. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 5, 2013 - 11:33 am
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