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RIFF’d: Björk’s ‘Utopia’

Björk‘s tenth studio album Utopia marks the end of a long and arduous journey, one that began (at least in a creative sense) with her 2015 album Vulnicura. The two are equal parts to a […]

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Original Lyrics to David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ Go Up For Auction

The handwritten, working lyrics to David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ (left), the Thin White Duke (right); Photo: Julien’s  The legend of Ziggy Stardust grows daily, which has made any Bowie-related ephemera a hot ticket item. Recently a […]

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RIFF’d: Marilyn Manson’s ‘Heaven Upside Down’

After a lengthy delay, Marilyn Manson returns with his tenth studio album Heaven Upside Down. Initially the project was slated to be released on Valentine’s day, but dissatisfaction led Manson to reconsider the creative direction. […]

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RIFF’d: Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star’/’Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines’

With the release of their double album Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines, Shabazz Palaces blast light years into the future, expanding their vision and redefining the parameters of […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Kool Keith

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: Perfume Genius’ ‘No Shape’

Perfume Genius‘ fourth studio album No Shape represents a bold move forward. Mike Hadreas takes listeners down a path of self-discovery; courageously opening his inner sanctum for the sake of honest art. He openly discusses his […]

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RIFF’d: Gorillaz’ ‘Humanz’

The Gorillaz‘ long awaited album Humanz is a smorgasbord of sizzling emotions, provocative questions and hopeful ideals. On one hand you have songs that openly challenge political authorities and on the other you have abstract mysteries that […]

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RIFF’d: Mr. Mitch’s ‘Devout’

Mr. Mitch‘s Devout is precisely what the title suggests, a revelatory project that encapsulates his core values. He closely analyzes love, family and fatherhood; embracing the many challenges that have come with unwavering dedication. For the […]

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Retired Teacher Raps for LGBT Rights

Don Tassie’s embolden by a ‘Be More Kind’ sweater at the Jackson City, Michigan Council meeting; Photo: Emily Mesner for Mlive.com Proving that it’s never too late to launch a rap career 81-year-old retired school teacher Don […]

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RIFF’d: Foxygen’s ‘Hang’

Foxygen‘s fifth studio album Hang plays out like a soundtrack to a movie that not only doesn’t exist, but one that no one wants to see made. From beginning to end it is weighed down […]

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