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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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RIP Kilmister: Lemmy’s Motörhead Lyrical Legacy

As 2015 wrapped up, we lost a big one: Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister: the man, the myth, the Motörhead. Maybe he’s not quite a household name, but he was a big enough deal to get […]

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Listing: 5 Weirdo Stonerisms from Kurt Cobain’s ‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings’

Let’s face it: our posthumous Kurt Cobain voyeurism is creepy. It’s also weirdly more sustainable than it should be. The Montage of Heck film’s release marks 21 years since his death, and this fact might […]

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RIFF’d: Josh Ritter’s ‘Sermon on the Rocks’

Josh Ritter delivers his Sermon on the Rocks like most preachers would — with as many references to commonly recognized Biblical images as possible, and some raunchy boasts for PG-13 appeal. NPR calls the album’s […]

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The More You Know: Katy Perry Sang on a 2006 P.O.D. Jam

Not particularly news, as it’s a nine-year-old story that anyone could’ve found on Wikipedia, but the internet is a peculiar beast, and thus here we are with message board bump for the fact that in 2006, a 23-year-old Katy […]

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RIFF’d: Protomartyr’s ‘The Agent Intellect’

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect is 2015’s ultimate hard-luck album. Not only did the making of the record see lyricist Joe Casey’s father shuffle off his mortal coil, and his mother begin a decline into Alzheimer’s, […]

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RIFF’d: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Honeymoon’

Lana Del Rey has been relying far less on her sultry, over-the-top vocal pout than she has in the past, and frankly, the more she reins that in, the better. What’s left is certainly a listenable bit of […]

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RIFF’d: Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’

Gary Clark Jr. is not going to let us just label him ‘that guy from Austin who’s really, really good at guitar’. Or, alternately ‘that black guy from Austin…’, since bluesy guitar work has become a […]

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Why Cobain’s Fecal Matter Demo ‘Illiteracy Will Prevail’ Matters

Nirvana-fever and Cobain obsession have given society an appreciation for dirty riffs and fashion without pretense. Unfortunately, it also gave us post-grunge, which as we all know birthed bands like Nickelback and Creed. Somewhere in the middle, […]

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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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