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RIFF’d: Lorde’s ‘Melodrama’

Lorde‘s second studio album Melodrama captures the many ups and downs that come with a shattered relationship. Through various modes of pop she frames the stages of her recovery — from anger and denial to acceptance. […]

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RIFF’d: Gorillaz’ ‘Humanz’

The Gorillaz‘ long awaited album Humanz is a smorgasbord of sizzling emotions, provocative questions and hopeful ideals. On one hand you have songs that openly challenge political authorities and on the other you have abstract mysteries that […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Proh Mic

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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Op-Ed: The Intoxicating Irrelevance of PSY’s Return to Viral Form, ‘Daddy’

The man behind the “Gangnam Style” juggernaut is back. However, he’s been “back” before — there was 2013’s “Gentleman” and 2014’s Snoop Dogg-featuring “Hangover,” which have netted roughly 900 and 230-million and YouTube views. And that’s nothing compared […]

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RIFF’d: Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’

Personal growth can be difficult especially in a place as fickle as the music industry. Everyone wants the same old thing, and to venture beyond the norm is, in most instances, a death sentence. But […]

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RIFF’d: Giorgio Moroder’s ‘Déjà Vu’

Giorgio Moroder is the original Skrillex. Think about it: both of them had previous, notable-but-less-historic careers — Moroder’s in repurposing American bubblegum for Euro audiences, Skrillex in repurposing metal for screamo fans of the Hot […]

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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: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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RIFF’d: The Faint’s ‘Doom Abuse’

The Faint are probably best known as “that band that Conor Oberst was in briefly once upon a time.” Their second claim to fame is as average participants in indie-dance’s time shared in the spotlight […]

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The Future of Brostep: From Neo-Jock Jams to Death Grips

The face of brostep as we know it – Skrillex – recently released a slew of new material with a lead-in track titled “All Is Fair in Love and Brostep.” The timing’s curious: 3 a.m., […]

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