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hear 5 unreleased tracks from Leon Bridges’ Coming Home sessions

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polaroid by Faith Silva

Leon Bridges just dropped the deluxe version of his stellar debut LP Coming Home, featuring 5 previously unreleased songs, including a couple of tracks we saw demo'ed on a putting green in downtown Fort Worth at Niles City Sound back in 2014...

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video: Leon Bridges – River

LB RIVER

Fort Worth's Leon Bridges drops the powerful video for one of last year's best songs, "River". Directed by Miles Jay. Watch below + read Leon's statement about the vid here:

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Gorilla vs. Bear x Spotify Year in Music: Leon Bridges is the story of 2015

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polaroid by Faith Silva

We've mentioned a time or two what an unreal year 2015 has been for new music, and that was certainly reflected in our recent lists of the best albums, songs, videos, and Young Thug tracks of the year. Today, we've teamed up with Spotify in collaboration with their Year in Music — where they're highlighting the top music + culture stories of 2015, as well as the year's most streamed artists, songs, and albums — to share our own most-listened-to artists of the year (shout out to Grimes, Young Thug, Bop English, Prince Innocence, Autre Ne Veut, and somewhat surprisingly, Knxwledge), and our personal top music story of the year. If you're curious who you actually listened to the most in 2k15 or exactly how many days you spent listening to music this year, you can check out Year in Music for your personal, sometimes embarrassingly enlightening stats, such as:

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watch Leon Bridges do “River” on SNL

LEON RIVER

Leon + Brittni Jessie killing 'em softly on Saturday Night Live last night:

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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S ALBUMS OF 2015

GvsB ALBUMS OF 2015

We feel pretty confident proclaiming 2015 the best year for new music this decade, and we'd even go so far as to say it's been arguably our favorite year in the history of this site. So many stars seemed to serendipitously align this year — our 10th as a blog — for sounds that veered right into our own personal, sometimes insular little lane: the triumphant return of Grimes; the improbable meteoric rise of Leon Bridges from seemingly out of nowhere (i.e., right here in our own backyard); a sweet, thoroughly relatable, '90s-hip-hop-inspired record from Panda Bear (our favorite artist); two Beach House albums in the span of two months; D'Angelo with probably the best show we've seen since the last time he rolled through town 15 years ago; Grouper started a pop group; the summer of Jamie xx; and on and on. If 2015 had seen the release of Dear Tommy and new music from Shabazz Palaces or Burial (all still possible, I suppose), our blog might have imploded.

With all of that said, I still feel like we went as deep as ever this year, and as always, there were some genuinely incredible hidden gems to uncover if you spent a little time digging. Let us know how your year went as you check the full list of our 50 favorite records of the year, and lose yourself in our nearly 3-hour-long spotify playlist:

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new Leon Bridges – So Long

LEON BRIDGES SO LONG

Leon Bridges shares his new track "So Long", written for the upcoming Will Smith vs. the NFL movie:

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polaroids: Leon Bridges in LA

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download Leon Bridges’ Coming Home to Texas mixtape feat. Bun B + more

LB COMING HOME MIXTAPE

Leon Bridges + MICK just dropped a new surprise mixtape called Coming Home To Texas, made up of re-worked joints from the album, and featuring TX rap legends Bun B and Slim Thug, samples from Geto Boys and UGK classics + more...

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watch Leon Bridges perform a full set on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

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Fort Worth's own Leon Bridges stopped through LA's KCRW yesterday to perform some jams for Morning Becomes Eclectic. The set included just about all of the songs from Leon's debut full-length Coming Home, as well as one that probably should have been on the record ("Daisy Mae"), and a very nice shout to GvsB...

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Leon Bridges performs Coming Home in the historic Old Bronx Courthouse

LB x VENUE

Leon Bridges performs "Coming Home" at the Old Bronx Courthouse for Venue, a project for "collaborative works created at the intersection of music and the visual arts."

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