RIFF’d: The Avett Brothers’ ‘True Sadness’

For The Avett Brothers ninth record, they again enlisted the polarizing but eclectic super producer Rick Rubin. They stick to fairly straightforward subject matter, from spirituals to breakups, coming to grips with death to boozy […]

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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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Streetside: Low shows some Midwestern Love at Thalia Hall in Chicago; September 18

The festival season coming to a close in Chicago, Minnesota slowcore royalty, Low, came through the city in perfect season-changing form over the weekend (Saturday, September 18), the husband and wife-fronted crew paying a visit to a new southside […]

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RIFF’d: Jason Isbell’s ‘Something More Than Free’

Traditional country fans have plenty to be excited about in Jason Isbell‘s fifth studio album, Something More Than Free. It’s a squeaky clean polished product that you can bring home to mom, a sweet project […]

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A Lyric Generator for Whatever Taylor Swift Mood Ails You

Taylor Swift is a pop grenade, pull the pin and hurl her likeness at anything and watch it blow. Whether you’re a fan or not doesn’t matter, the shrapnel will reach you regardless. And it doesn’t […]

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RIFF’d: Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’

The past few years have been big for Aloe Blacc. He’s gone from a relatively obscure player in R&B to being a star on the rise with his music being heard by millions. It’s been […]

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Listing: The Warrior Catharsis of Neko Case’s ‘The Worse Things Get…’ in 5 Lyrics

While the old adage that ‘from great pain comes great art’ is a cheap reduction of the wonders of the human spirit, there is some validity to it. Way down from her perch atop a […]

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Listing: Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ in 5 Faux-Hick Lyrics

After reaching number one on the Billboard 200 for the first time in his career earlier this year with drinking songs collection, Spring Break… Here To Party, country boy-next-door Luke Bryan promised that his fourth […]

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Listing: The 5 Most Awkward-to-Record Lyrics from The Civil Wars’ S/T

One can’t help but cringe imagining the recording process for this entire album. The Civil Wars‘ new self-titled record (August 6) was made after a run of canceled tour dates signaled an indefinite hiatus due […]

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Genericana: Can We Stop Listening to the Hair-Metal Phase of Folk Revival?

Shortly after the global financial crisis began, music’s last genre mutation and subsequent co-option by the corporate powers that be, ‘brostep’ – dubstep emotionally strangled by bros – had worked its way into every form […]

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