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A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

Throughout the course of my life I have not been what you would call an R&B listener. A brief history of my dabbling: I owned a cassette copy of Boyz II Men’s II because who didn’t? A year later I nabbed Mariah Carey’s Daydream on CD, mesmerized by the tree swing party that was the… More »

February’s Monthly Mix makes up for the grievous error in January’s Monthly Mix, namely having omitted Bear In Heaven’s “Reflection Of You.” No offense (none taken). That song’s great! Here it comes flowing out of Violens’ smooth and shifty new wave, and into Diplo’s bounce showcase “Express Yourself,” which in turn dives into Ceremony’s hardcore,… More »

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Doe Paoro – “Growth/Decay”

Dao Parao teased her upcoming sophomore album with two tracks — “Traveling” and “The Wind” — that reflected the woodsy Wisconsin studio where she recorded much of it. Her next single, “Growth/Decay,” continues along the same line, and comes attached to the album’s official announcement. The record is called After, and was produced by Bo… More »

By: James Rettig / July 21, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Doe Paoro – “The Wind” (Feat. Adam Rhodes)

A few years ago, we named Brooklyn singer-songwriter Doe Paoro a Band To Watch for her collection of raw, stylistically varied tracks and otherworldly vocal approach. The Guy Blakeslee collab “Traveling” was our first preview of Paoro’s upcoming album for Anti-, and now she’s shared a second, a moody electronic single written during the onslaught… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / May 4, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Doe Paoro – “Traveling” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Futuristic torch-song expert Doe Paoro first captured our attention by combining cutting-edge experimental R&B with a striking, stylized visual aesthetic right out of the gate. She was “Born Whole,” but her sound has continually evolved since then, as demonstrated by the spacey EP she recorded with S. Carey at Justin Vernon’s woodland Wisconsin studio. Paoro’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 11, 2015 - 10:57 am

Doe Paoro – “Walking Backwards” Video

Walking Backwards,” the excellent single from Doe Paoro’s S. Carey-produced Ink On The Walls EP, now has a video by director Braden Lee. Doe has always been one for elaborate costumed videos, and this one delivers on that front with a crew of ominous-looking robed dancers that might be Sith Lords, ninjas or grim reapers. More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 2, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Doe Paoro – “Walking Backwards”

We named celestial R&B songstress Doe Paoro a Band To Watch two years ago upon the release of her sparse, haunting Slow To Love. She’s back with Ink On The Walls an EP she recorded over the winter at Justin Vernon’s Wisconsin studio with his Bon Iver bud S. Carey and Volcano Choir engineer BJ… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 7, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Doe Paoro – “New Lows”

R&B innovation continues to grow with Brooklyn’s BTW emeritus Doe Paoro. Her new release, a 7″ via White Iris Records, includes this jilting, jittery “New Lows.” The song sounds almost as if it’s haunted, giving a whole new spin on the idea of “soul” music. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 15, 2013 - 11:25 am

Doe Paoro – “Body Games” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Here’s the blissful, mythical clip for recent BTW Doe Paoro’s “Body Games,” a video which was shot in Lauttasaari, Finland during some of those legendary Scandinavian summer nights. Miranda Siegel (New York Magazine) writes and directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 13, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Band To Watch: Doe Paoro

Out this week is Slow To Love, the album by Brooklyn-based torch-song singer Doe Paoro. She comes with some steam and production vision behind her already, which you can see in the crisp videos for “Born Whole” and “Can’t Leave You,” and via the strings that color the latter, or the session-player fretless-bass style that… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 15, 2012 - 10:45 am