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Lyricapsule: The Beach Boys Hit The ‘Ed Sullivan Show’; September 27, 1964

Photo: The Ed Sullivan Show/CBS Jealousy just west coast-sparkling over the fact that they were “getting eclipsed by a group called The Beatles from London” earlier in the year, The Beach Boys flexed their American […]

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Lyricapsule: Bessie Smith Dies; September 26, 1937

Pioneering women’s path to the blues spotlight, vocalist Bessie Smith‘s life was cut short at the top of her game on this day in 1937, the victim of a car crash and a contentious white […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXXVIII

Pop-punk vets, Anti-Flag, take on the Charlottesville idiocy, Bay Area art-rock crew Deerhoof deliver a first of its write-your-own lyric video we’ve seen around these parts, nerd-glammers Sparks pay homage to the ‘missionary position’ and […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXXVII

Rising songbird Phoebe Bridgers beautifully haunts up the neo-folk scene, session bassist (Eagles of Death Metal, Courtney Love) Jennie Vee dishes out a strobing take on drug addiction, some South African pop punk monster mashers […]

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Lyricapsule: Tupac Shakur Dies; September 13, 1996

There are those that profess his existence. There are those that resurrect him via voodoo hologram tricks. And there is the Pac, rhymes echoing for eternity since the anniversary of his death on this day […]

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Lyricapsule: Johnny Cash Leaves Us; September 12, 2003

Photo: N/A We lost “The Man in Black” on this day in 2003 at 71-years-young. Though Johnny Cash‘s mark on American music is immortal, as the grandfather of country goth, his weary baritone packed so […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXXVI

Billy Bragg builds a wall, a French metal crew get all furious Jack Kerouac on a typewriter, Green Day enlist a genius Spanish animator to spread some ‘too dumb to die’ propaganda, The Stones‘ bust out […]

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Lyricapsule: Same Cooke drops ‘You Send Me’; September 7, 1957

Photo: BC Photo Archives/Getty Images Soul the genre still but a faint blip on America’s post-war rock radar, Sam Cooke came finger-snapping in on this day in 1957 and dropped a crossover bomb on the R&B […]

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Lyricapsule: Madonna Fights for Her Right to ‘Material Girl’; September 6, 2011

Here’s a milestone in lyric ephemera — Madonna writes a high-heel skip of a pop jam in 1985 dubbed “Material Girl,” as we all know on that provocative second effort Like a Virgin. The Detroit suburbs […]

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Beck Unveils LP10, ‘Colors’, Drops ‘Dear Life’ Lyric Video

The album art for Beck’s latest album, ‘Colors’; Photo: Beck Following a trio of singles in 2016, “Up All Night,” “Dreams” and “Wow,” the latter of which landed on our Top 15 Lyric Videos of […]

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