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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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RIFF’d: The xx’s ‘I See You’

The xx‘s third studio album I See You is an ambitious and dogged march towards liberation. All that has hampered them since becoming international pop stars airs out in ten masterfully crafted songs. They embrace everything […]

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‘Stranger Things’ Kids Freestyle Theme Song Lyrics

The Netflix series Stranger Things has been a surprise hit. Its mysterious narratives, supernatural undertones, and conspiracy theories have enthralled audiences. And like every great series there is an equally great opening song, which in this […]

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Listing: 5 Celebratory Lyrics from The Avalanches ‘Wildflower’

The Avalanches‘ sophomore album Wildflower is a musical carnival ride, a producers paradise that is obsessed with the groove. To say it’s a long awaited project is an understatement, and they don’t disappoint with a […]

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