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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Calvin Harris; '18 Months'

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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Song Review: Calvin Harris – ‘Let’s Go’ (feat. Ne-Yo)

According to a range of eschatological theories, the world is going to end on December 21, 2012. And while I personally do not tune into said beliefs, I still recognize life could end at any given moment […]

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“Where Have You Been” by Rihanna

Firing out quickly from the camp of the fiery Barbadian beauty, “Where Have You Been” is the fifth single release from Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk record, and in true Rihanna style, it’s coming in hot. Back […]

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The Shorts and Sunburns Playlist

Did you get excited that one day when global warming didn’t seem like such a bad thing? Did you spend all day outside and overdose on sunshine? Or maybe ignore all your work and drink […]

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Song Review: Madonna – “Girl Gone Wild”

Here’s the deal: “Girl Gone Wild” isn’t worse than “Give Me All Your Luvin’“. It’s not drastically better, though. Madonna’s haters can clink their glasses yet again in honor of another mild effort from Madonna’s […]

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