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Listing: 5 Addictive Lyrics from The Kills’ ‘Ash & Ice’

The Kills’ latest record Ash & Ice is a somewhat hit-or-miss affair of stripped down, electro-blues post-punk. That said, the lyrical approach is consistent: love, lust, and all other interpersonal compulsions are told through addiction […]

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Listing: 5 Memorable Lyrics from Beth Orton’s ‘Kidsticks’

Beth Orton‘s seventh studio album Kidsticks is a humbling trip down memory lane, a journey paved with abstract emotions. She’s using present eyes to look upon the past, which helps her set a barometer for […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Breakthroughs from James Blake’s ‘The Colour in Anything’

It’s always raining in James Blake‘s world, grey and cold. It projects anxiety, loneliness, longing and nostalgia, both cinematic and solemn. At times a bit much, so much so that for the past two albums his themes have […]

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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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RIFF’D: Polica’s ‘United Crushers’

Polica‘s third studio album United Crushers has the Minneapolis-based band exploring a multitude of perspectives. Channy Leaneagh has said that this was her opportunity, inspired by the birth of her second child, to step outside herself and […]

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RIFF’d: Animal Collective’s ‘Painting With’

Animal Collective’s tenth album Painting With draws heavily on Dadaism, Cubism, and various other experimental painting styles as far as lyricism goes, beating around the bush, giving impressions instead of statements. Conversely, it draws very […]

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Listing: 5 Explosive Declarations from Saul Williams’ ‘MartyrLoserKing’

For as long as Saul Williams has been making music, he’s never shied away from controversy. Since day one it’s been about the people, and putting a spotlight on the injustices that have plagued them. […]

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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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Artist Behind One of the Most Sampled Tracks of All Time Finally Gets Paid (Sort Of)

It may be about nine years too late and millions of dollars too short, but it’s something. One of the most sampled drum grooves of all time, the “Amen Break” from The Winstons’ “Amen Brother,” finally […]

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Streetside: Ibeyi Channel Fall Equinox at Chicago’s Thalia Hall; September 23

Coinciding with a crisp fall equinox, French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi made an appearance at Thalia Hall in Chicago on Wednesday (September 23) to celebrate their heavily lauded self-titled album, the autumnal mystique a perfect compliment to their un-pinnable fusion of everything from […]

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