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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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Listing: 5 Lyrics that Toe the Passé ‘Heartfelt’ Line on Katy B’s ‘Little Red’

Already a name in her native UK, Katy B sophomore album release was dubbed “sophisticated dance music with heart” by her fellow Brits, making more of us Stateside take notice. It’s easy to see why – […]

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RIFF’d: Broken Bells’ ‘After the Disco’

There’s nothing elusive or misleading about what Broken Bells is trying to do with their sophomore album After the Disco. The title itself says it all. This is about moving beyond trivial pursuits, and into […]

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RIFF’d: Warpaint’s ‘Warpaint’

Looking to avoid the trappings of redundancy, Warpaint waited four long years to release the follow up to The Fool, gambling with creative purgatory in these internet flash times. But it paid off. In that span […]

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Spotlight: Postiljonen

Combining the shoegaze melodies of the Cocteau Twins and the cinematic dream-pop of M83 with saxophone riffs worthy of a mid-80s NYC skyline, and an inspired use of film dialogue which perfectly encapsulates their escapist intentions, […]

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RIFF’d: Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’

Renowned for her tendency to over-hype, Lady Gaga’s third album arrives with a promise to ‘blur the boundaries between pop music and art culture,’ as though she’s the first artist to ever tackle such a […]

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EDM: A Case for the Word to Get Back to the Groove

From Underworld’s “Born Slippy” (“Lager, lager, lager, shouting mega mega white thing”) to Faithless’ “Insomnia” (“I gets no sleep, I can’t get no sleep”) – on the surface, the original ‘Electronic Dance Music’ invasion of […]

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RIFF’d: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

If the earlier R&B balladry brought to us by platinum-selling fruit of Alan Thicke’s looms was the result of his trying to be like John Lennon, imagine what schlock he’ll produce when just ‘trying to […]

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Listing: Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Electric’ in 5 Cerebral Lyrics

Ending with the chorus “this is our last chance for goodbye,” 2012’s underwhelming Elysium hinted that Pet Shop Boys were about to abdicate their throne as the kings of knowing synth-pop. Yet less than 12 […]

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