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RIFF’d: The Avett Brothers’ ‘True Sadness’

For The Avett Brothers ninth record, they again enlisted the polarizing but eclectic super producer Rick Rubin. They stick to fairly straightforward subject matter, from spirituals to breakups, coming to grips with death to boozy […]

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Listing: 5 Memorable Lyrics from Beth Orton’s ‘Kidsticks’

Beth Orton‘s seventh studio album Kidsticks is a humbling trip down memory lane, a journey paved with abstract emotions. She’s using present eyes to look upon the past, which helps her set a barometer for […]

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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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RIFF’d: Josh Ritter’s ‘Sermon on the Rocks’

Josh Ritter delivers his Sermon on the Rocks like most preachers would — with as many references to commonly recognized Biblical images as possible, and some raunchy boasts for PG-13 appeal. NPR calls the album’s […]

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Streetside: Ibeyi Channel Fall Equinox at Chicago’s Thalia Hall; September 23

Coinciding with a crisp fall equinox, French-Cuban twin sisters Ibeyi made an appearance at Thalia Hall in Chicago on Wednesday (September 23) to celebrate their heavily lauded self-titled album, the autumnal mystique a perfect compliment to their un-pinnable fusion of everything from […]

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Streetside: Low shows some Midwestern Love at Thalia Hall in Chicago; September 18

The festival season coming to a close in Chicago, Minnesota slowcore royalty, Low, came through the city in perfect season-changing form over the weekend (Saturday, September 18), the husband and wife-fronted crew paying a visit to a new southside […]

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RIFF’d: Jason Isbell’s ‘Something More Than Free’

Traditional country fans have plenty to be excited about in Jason Isbell‘s fifth studio album, Something More Than Free. It’s a squeaky clean polished product that you can bring home to mom, a sweet project […]

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Marcus Mumford Eyes Hip-Hop Project

Crossovers are nothing new, they happen all the time and with varying degrees of success. The Beastie Boys for example went from punk to rap and redefined a genre, same for Funkadelic who took Motown-like […]

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RIFF’d: Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

Once Josh Tillman dubbed himself Father John Misty and took to strutting across the stage of Letterman as the “Only Son of the Ladies’ Man,” it was clear the man didn’t want to be separated […]

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RIFF’d: Damien Rice’s ‘My Favourite Faded Fantasy’

Damien Rice has been gone quite some time. Even when he was around, he never hit the household-name status of his contemporaries, but like every respectable singer-songwriter, all it takes is a big breakup to […]

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