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RIFF’d: Sia’s ’1000 Forms of Fear’

Sia is an amazing artist. Her first big gig was as a backing vocalist for Jamiroquai, but she went on to create heart-wrenching ballads like “Breathe Me,” plus memorably gave Zero 7 a silky smooth […]

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RIP Death Grips

Death Grips accomplished more in four years than most artists do in a lifelong career. That might sound like hyperbole, but right out of the gate, the group formed by Hella‘s Zach Hill and his neighbor MC Ride (along […]

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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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RIFF’d: Sisyphus’ ‘Sisyphus’

Inspired by the work of multimedia artist Jim Hodges, Sisyphus‘ newest album is more than just a musical collaboration. It’s a cross section of art, music and poetry. Their EP (Beak & Claw) was the […]

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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: James Vincent McMorrow’s ‘Post Tropical’

James Vincent McMorrow has the voice of an angel – and I don’t bandy that descriptor around lightly. His falsetto dips smoothly into the R&B register, and it’s impossible to dislike. By his own accord, […]

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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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