Streetside: Death Grips at Seattle’s Showbox; June 19, 2015

I finally saw Death Grips live. The noise-rap innovators kicked off their ‘posthumous’ world tour in my hometown of Seattle. Throngs of underage white kids lined up around the block the entire day of the show, […]

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RIFF’d: Giorgio Moroder’s ‘Déjà Vu’

Giorgio Moroder is the original Skrillex. Think about it: both of them had previous, notable-but-less-historic careers — Moroder’s in repurposing American bubblegum for Euro audiences, Skrillex in repurposing metal for screamo fans of the Hot […]

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Streetside: Dan Deacon at Seattle’s Neumo’s; May 8, 2015

If you know who Dan Deacon is outside of his viral “Drinkin’ Outta Cups” sketch-rant, then you’ve heard of his infamous live show: a highly-interactive, all-inclusive indie dance party that just about everyone describes as […]

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Listing: Death Grips’ Nihilistic, Suicidal ‘Swan Song’ ‘Jenny Death’

Every weirdo, 4chan user, and experimental music fan just had Christmas come early. Or, ridiculously late, if you count the original wait. Jenny Death, the second half of Death Grips‘ supposed final act, The Powers That […]

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RIFF’d: Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’

Madonna’s 30+ year career has come under much scrutiny, but some of that can be explained by sexism and puritanical sex-negativism. However, the large chunk that remains revolves around her exploitation (and, of course, white-washing) […]

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RIFF’d: Dan Deacon’s ‘Gliss Riffer’

Dan Deacon‘s Gliss Riffer boasts everything fans love about his hyperactive style, but softens his work’s previous edge to make more sense outside of the DIY set. As such, those who have dubbed his past […]

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RIFF’d: Björk’s ‘Vulnicura’

Taking the Goldilocks approach Björk‘s newest album Vulnicura can either be too much, too little or just right. Emotionally it’s a teardrop away from being excessive (too much), but at only ten songs it’s a mere […]

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RIFF’d: Run The Jewels’ ‘Run The Jewels 2’

Run the Jewels 2 is an anomaly, a sequel that is just as good as the original. Similar to if not totally like the The Godfather: Part II. It could have just as easily been a […]

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Streetside: El Ten Eleven at Seattle’s Decibel Festival; September 26

Seattle does electronic music festivals a bit differently than your typical Miami or Ibiza dead teenager bonanza. The city’s premier Decibel Festival, in its 11th year, is a testament to that. While they’ve booked international […]

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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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