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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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RIFF’d: Ciara’s ‘Ciara’

Ten years ago Ciara was one of the hottest pop stars around. She had platinum albums, a promising acting career, and was slowly becoming the face of R&B – a tweener of sorts that melded […]

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Listing: 5 Bold Political Declarations from The Knife’s ‘Shaking the Habitual’

Gender, race, class and identity are all topics found on The Knife‘s fourth album, Shaking the Habitual – their first project together in six years. It’s a highly political venture that embodies everything from queer theory […]

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Listing: 5 Synergistic Lyrics from Atoms for Peace’s ‘Amok’

When a super group like Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker) forms it’s a concern as to whether or not there will be an equal exchange of ideas or if […]

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Listing: The 5 Best Feat. Lyric Threats on Calvin Harris’ ’18 Months’

For his third album, 18 Months, producer/DJ/singer Calvin Harris made a concerted effort to step away from the vocal booth in order to focus primarily on production. He makes a few cameos here and there, […]

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