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Rufus Wainwright – ‘Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets’

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Sturgill Simpson – ‘A Sailor’s Guide to Earth’

Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music gave him a rep as the “way out of mainstream country formulas, of Americana’s staid streak, [and] of indie rock’s occasional preciousness.” He did it by mixing in […]

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The Lumineers – ‘Cleopatra’

Genericana alums are in their sophomore sink-or-swim moment — there was The Head and the Heart’s Let’s Be Still, Edward Sharpe’s self-titled (which was technically their third album, but it’s a sophomore follow-up to their […]

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Margo Price – ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’

Margo Price is conductor of the alt-country hype train right now. Coming off well-received showcases at SXSW and Conan O’Brien, billed as “country’s next star,” and headed for an SNL debut, she’s hitting a huge […]

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Weezer – ‘Weezer’ (The White Album)

2014’s Everything Will Be Alright at the End was to be a return to form for Weezer. It certainly went out of its way to lyrically address the band’s several-album critical decline with countless winking references. […]

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Damien Jurado – ‘Visions of Us on the Land’

Damien Jurado’s Visions of Us on the Land is a great example of a recent trend for singer-songwriters who established themselves in the late-90s to mid-aughts with sincerity, wit and an understated, acoustic-driven indie delivery, […]

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Beer Company Invents New Screen For You to Stare at Instead of Bands

In the latest of screen technology advancements, Brazilian beer company Brahma introduced a beer cup called the “Copokê,” (Portuguese play on words for karaoke and cup) that flashes the lyrics of whatever band you happen to be […]

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RIFF’d: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’

Macklemore really got ahead on this one, calling this album The Unruly Mess I’ve Made before critics inevitably did. It’s the epitome of a sophomore record from arguably the most sophomore artist on the planet […]

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RIFF’d: Animal Collective’s ‘Painting With’

Animal Collective’s tenth album Painting With draws heavily on Dadaism, Cubism, and various other experimental painting styles as far as lyricism goes, beating around the bush, giving impressions instead of statements. Conversely, it draws very […]

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Op-Ed: Taylor Swift Takes Another AOTY Grammy — Are We Allowed To Finally Criticize Her?

Alright, America, it’s time to talk about the metaphorical elephant in the music industry room: can we finally call out Taylor Swift already? She’s been championing hashtag-feminism for years now, yes, and that’s cool. Except it’s […]

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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.