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RIFF’d: Prince’s ‘Art Official Age’

This is the album that Prince fans were waiting for, a sonic excursion that rips through generations of time, soul-strutting from one galaxy to the next with every piercing falsetto and strum of the guitar. Art Official […]

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RIFF’d: Prince & 3rdeyegirl’s ‘Plectrumelectrum’

As an aging megastar, Prince is taking measured steps towards a new phase in his professional life. Plectrumelectrum is him acting as player-coach, familiarizing himself as a behind-the-scenes guy while still being able to break ankles on the court, a […]

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RIP Bobby Womack

When the legendary Bobby Womack passed away last Friday at the age of 70 he left behind a long and storied legacy. His career stretched across five decades and in that span he compiled a discography that is […]

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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: 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: Broken Bells’ ‘After the Disco’

There’s nothing elusive or misleading about what Broken Bells is trying to do with their sophomore album After the Disco. The title itself says it all. This is about moving beyond trivial pursuits, and into […]

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Streetside: Nicole Wray Flies Lady Solo at Chicago’s Double Door; November 15

One of the biggest questions recently surrounding Nicole Wray and Lady is whether or not she could recover from the departure of Terri Walker who took a sabbatical in order to focus on her solo […]

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RIFF’d: Mayer Hawthorne’s ‘Where Does This Door Go’

Mayer Hawthorne has made no qualms about how his new record sounds nothing like his previous two, which is odd because it does. Sure the sonic angle has changed – thanks to the ubiquitous production of […]

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Spotlight: Rose Windows

Incubated at a home in Seattle’s Central District circa 2010, where a group of seven psych-rock leaning hearts could band together over a mutual love for drone pioneers, Earth, Rose Windows are a curious breed […]

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Spotlight: Thundercat

Having already found success with contemporaries like Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Erykah Badu, and Snoop Dogg, bass virtuoso Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner continues to take seismic steps forward in his development as a front man. His debut […]

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