RIFF’d: Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’

The past few years have been big for Aloe Blacc. He’s gone from a relatively obscure player in R&B to being a star on the rise with his music being heard by millions. It’s been […]

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RIFF’d: Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’

Angel Olsen doesn’t run from her experiences. She buckles down and finds inspiration in them, channeling whatever unrequited emotions there are into song. It’s not an altogether groundbreaking technique, but one that she’s grown with […]

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Streetside: Seattle’s Big Ass Boombox Festival; January 3-4

Nothing counters the post-New Year’s hangover winter-blah season of the PNW quite like a “DIY-feeling,” free and (semi) all-ages festival of local up-and-comers. That’s the idea behind the Big Ass Boombox Festival, which in its […]

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RIFF’d: Jake Bugg’s ‘Shangri La’

Recently in danger of becoming more famous for his online spats with One Direction as he is his Bob Dylan tribute act, 19-year-old Jake Bugg’s whole career appears to have been based on the notion […]

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Jack Johnson

Listing: Jack Johnson’s Life is Great, According to These 5 Lyrics from ‘From Here to Now to You’

After paying tribute to his late father on 2010’s understandably melancholic To The Sea, surfer dude Jack Johnson now regains the feel-good vibes he’s become renowned for on another family affair, From Here to Now […]

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John Mayer

Listing: John Mayer’s ‘Paradise Valley’ in 5 Tabloid-Friendly Lyrics

Labelled both a misogynist and a racist following a disastrous interview with Playboy magazine, John Mayer spent the majority of 2011’s Born & Raised seeking redemption for his arrogance, utter lack of modesty and general […]

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Newport Folk Festival 2013: Is Folk Dead?

As reported on Saturday, the second day of this year’s edition of the iconic Newport Folk Festival, former Fleet Fox-er, J. Tillman, backed by his new crew Father John Misty, was the first among 50 plus […]

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Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day 3

Though it was no condemning J. Tillman rant, 81-years-young Ramblin’ Jack Elliott took respectful reigns of the final day of the Newport Folk Festival, looping story after story after homage to festival icons past, the […]

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Father John Misty; Photo: Gavin Paul

Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day 2

Maybe it was the old Fort Adams canons aimed about the stage that J. Tillman of Father John Misty got all riled up over, but the old Fleet Fox-er opened up the first rant of […]

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Dan Blakslee; Photo: Gavin Paul

Newport Folk Festival 2013: Day 1

The rain was stubborn on Friday to get things going at Fort Adams, but that didn’t stop the good vibes as every slated act found some sort of riot to incite. From The Mountain Goats‘ […]

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