Listing: Death Grips’ Nihilistic, Suicidal ‘Swan Song’ ‘Jenny Death’

Every weirdo, 4chan user, and experimental music fan just had Christmas come early. Or, ridiculously late, if you count the original wait. Jenny Death, the second half of Death Grips‘ supposed final act, The Powers That […]

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Listing: 5 Small Time Lyrics from Big Sean’s ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Big Sean has never been good at expressing himself. Not a great position for a lyricist. What he is good at is stylizing his image, which is what Kanye saw, a lifestyle rapper who could […]

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LISTING: 5 Socio-Political Frustrations in Sleater-Kinney’s ‘No Cities to Love’

Sleater-Kinney’s original run was before its time. Riot Grrrl’s peak came before the mighty internet, which may have diluted the egalitarian cause of feminism with Tumblr’s more common caricature of misandrist hypocrisy, but at least […]

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Listing: 5 Universal Life Lessons from Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Absent Fathers’

As a companion piece to Single Mothers, Justin Townes Earle‘s Absent Fathers is a proper bookend to a career that is now entering a new phase, one that has him confronting the past with sound […]

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Listing: 5 Stereotypical ’60s-isms from Foxygen’s ‘…And Star Power’

Foxygen have made a name for themselves with a clever portmanteau moniker and a hefty dose of 60s nostalgia. However, there’s not a lot more to their style, which seems to trigger over-compensation with superfluous, extended noise […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Miscues from Common’s ‘Nobody’s Smiling’

Common‘s tenth studio album Nobody’s Smiling is a project about Chicago told by someone who hasn’t walked the city’s streets or breathed the city’s air in a long long time. It’s a detached, misappropriation of […]

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Listing: 5 Mind-Numbing Lyrics from Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’

For Rick Ross it’s never been about substance. He’s a style whore and proud of it. But even in a world where nothing is what it seems, Ross’ biggest bugaboo has been his credibility. Much […]

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Listing: 5 Darkly Poignant Lyrics from St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’

St. Vincent‘s return comes with a new look, but also with a heavy dose of distorted, synthesized funk. It’s a bit weirder than her past fare, but she actually seems to be getting new converts […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrics that Toe the Passé ‘Heartfelt’ Line on Katy B’s ‘Little Red’

Already a name in her native UK, Katy B sophomore album release was dubbed “sophisticated dance music with heart” by her fellow Brits, making more of us Stateside take notice. It’s easy to see why – […]

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Listing: The Top 5 Lyrics From Young The Giant’s ‘Mind Over Matter’

Released via a label typically associated with heavy metal, unexpectedly championed by eternal miserablist Morrissey and spawning a song (“Cough Syrup”) which featured during an attempted suicide scene in Glee, the story surrounding Young The […]

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