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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Listing: The Top 5 Boasts From M.I.A.’s ‘Matangi’

Originally scheduled for release last December, M.I.A.’s fourth LP, Matangi, was then pushed back after Interscope allegedly claimed that it was far too positive to fit in with her ‘public enemy number one’ status. A fidgety, […]

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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 – Poliça’s ‘Shulamith’

Having already collaborated together while performing with Gayngs, producer Ryan Olson and singer Channy Leaneagh seemed to have already had a vision in mind when they formed Poliça. Leaneagh had recently divorced her husband – […]

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Pet Shop Boys

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: Baths’ ‘Obsidian’

After briefly indulging in the success of Cerulean and Pop Music/False B-Sides, Will Wiesenfeld (a.k.a. Baths) was looking for a way to separate himself from the LA beat scene. It was an exodus halted by a nasty […]

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Black Moth Super Rainbow

Streetside: Black Moth Super Rainbow Tear Up Neumo’s; May 20

Maybe it has something to do with our antiquated dance laws, but Seattle audiences have a bad rep amongst killer bands – the best out-of-town acts rarely come on weekends. Such was the case as […]

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How To Dress Well

Streetside: How To Dress Well at Liverpool’s LEAF on Bold Street; May 20

A spoken-word excerpt from a 1980s documentary about teenage homelessness, the sound of a body splashing into the ocean, several utterly heart-breaking eulogies to lost loved ones, Tom Krell’s second album under the guise of […]

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Listing: The 5 Most Crass Lyrics from will.i.am’s ‘#willpower’

It seems unfathomable now that at one point the band whose last lead single was a trance-pop cover version of the Dirty Dancing theme were being touted as the natural successors to De La Soul […]

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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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