Tag Archives: blues

UMC20: The Best of October 2020

It’s the last Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means: lots of tough decisions, as we attempt to narrow a month’s worth of music down to 20 prime cuts.

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Phillip-Michael Scales Confronts the Discomfort of Being the Only Black Person in the Room

Phillip-Michael Scales often finds himself to be the only Black person in the room. The discomfort that comes along with that — and the ways it is often minimized — is the subject of his new, blues-tinged single.

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UMC20: Halfway Through September (Sept. 15, 2020)

To give you a little bit of inside baseball, one of the pleasant consequences of curating a weekly playlist is that it gives us 20 automatic slots to feature artists, week in and week out. When your inbox looks like ours does these days — still, and probably forever, catching up from being out of town — that’s nothing short of a blessing to get this music featured.

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