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RIFF’d: Muse’s ‘Drones’

As an adolescent in the early 2000s, it wasn’t uncommon to want to start a band exactly like Muse. They were undeniably fucking awesome in the Showbiz/Origin of Symmetry era, and, while Absolution wasn’t timeless like […]

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Daughn Gibson – ‘Carnation’

Daughn Gibson’s previous effort Me Moan sought to tell stories — many based on real life experiences as a trucker — with a combination of country guitars and post-dubstep electronica. His sound was a fresh, […]

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RIFF’d: The Vaccines’ ‘English Graffiti’

Perhaps the latest great hope for “guitar music” from across the pond, platinum-selling The Vaccines are just now breaking into the American consciousness with English Graffiti. A big part of their appeal is their willingness to […]

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RIFF’d: Faith No More’s ‘Sol Invictus’

Back in the saddle after 18 years since their last release, Faith No More decided on Sol Invictus to stop just being weird for the sake of being weird. Or, for that matter, they stopped […]

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Streetside: Dan Deacon at Seattle’s Neumo’s; May 8, 2015

If you know who Dan Deacon is outside of his viral “Drinkin’ Outta Cups” sketch-rant, then you’ve heard of his infamous live show: a highly-interactive, all-inclusive indie dance party that just about everyone describes as […]

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RIFF’d: METZ’s ‘II’

Some internet-ers are hailing Sub Pop’s newest standard-bearers METZ as musical reincarnations of acts ranging from Melvins to Nirvana, while also garnering comparisons to contemporaries like Pissed Jeans and tourmates Fidlar. Whatever your stance on […]

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Blur – ‘The Magic Whip’

Let’s stop lying to ourselves — even if you’re old enough to know better, Blur will always be ‘that band that made that Starship Troopers song,’ at least outside of the UK. Or, ‘that band with […]

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Study Concludes Chewing Gum Can Fight an Earworm

“Oh my gee, isn’t it just supes annoying when songs get stuck in your head?” The effect is compounded further by the state of modern pop music — everything is regurgitated zombie-hooks and chord progressions beaten […]

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RIFF’d: Passion Pit’s ‘Kindred’

It’s tough being Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, because bi-polar disorder doesn’t mix that swimmingly with constant touring and promotion. Despite not wanting to be the “volatile artist” type, he takes criticism — and backhanded praise — quite […]

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Speedy Ortiz – ‘Foil Deer’

So far, 2015 has proven a great time for a shift in “guitar music,” thanks in part to Speedy Ortiz. The Massachusetts upstarts’ LP3, Foil Deer, shows a band that gives a refreshing lack of craps about conventional chord […]

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About Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.