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RIFF’d: Leonard Cohen’s ‘Popular Problems’

When talking about Leonard Cohen‘s recent return to the spotlight it’s hard not to get caught up in his ongoing financial issues. What he’s going through is enough to make any ordinary man crumble. But as he’s […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cody Chesnutt’s ‘Headphone Masterpiece’

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: Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Are We There’

Love can be such a generic subject to explore – been done to death and then some. But when broken down into different shades, and looked at in a new light it has the potential to […]

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RIFF’d: Sisyphus’ ‘Sisyphus’

Inspired by the work of multimedia artist Jim Hodges, Sisyphus‘ newest album is more than just a musical collaboration. It’s a cross section of art, music and poetry. Their EP (Beak & Claw) was the […]

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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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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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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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