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Lyricapsule: All Hail Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’; May 25, 1983

Following his lauded success with Black Sabbath, filling in for Ozzie Osbourne, Ronnie James Dio split off on his own taking Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice with him and formed Dio, dropping metal landmark Holy Diver, […]

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Vox Traces the Evolution of Hip-Hop Lyricism

Some say that rhyming is an inexact science, which is partly true. On the surface it’s an expression of pure instinct, but when broken down it’s far more complex. In a recent profile with Open […]

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Lyricapsule: Bob Dylan is Born; May 24, 1941

Robert Allen Zimmerman, the name his parents gave him, was born in Duluth, MN on this day in 1941. At some point en route to his iconic status he changed his name to Bob Dylan, […]

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Lyricapsule: Bonnie & Clyde Gunned Down; May 23, 1934

Out on a rural Louisiana road on this day in 1934, two of the “public enemy” era’s most infamous celebrities, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, were gunned down by a quartet of Texas officers, ending […]

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Someone Mashed Up ‘Rick and Morty’ with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’

Not all mashups are created equal, some not even worth the time it takes to click the link. But every once in a while you stumble across a gem, including a recent one involving Kendrick […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Denizen Kane

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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Lyricapsule: RIP Ian Curtis; May 18, 1980

Post-punk poster boy Ian Curtis took his life on this day back in 1980, halting the momentum of Joy Division‘s first American tour, of which the band was set to embark on the following day. Curtis’ […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XX

Che Guevara rap-rock plugs, Indian Rock the Vote campaigns and Clapton J.J. Cale covers brought to life by a supercut of painters, and more, dot the 20th week of another journey through sound and vision […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Breakthroughs from James Blake’s ‘The Colour in Anything’

It’s always raining in James Blake‘s world, grey and cold. It projects anxiety, loneliness, longing and nostalgia, both cinematic and solemn. At times a bit much, so much so that for the past two albums his themes have […]

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RIFF’d: Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead’s never made a dud, but it’s still been tough for them to truly keep our attention since the groundbreaking Kid A. Over time, pairing the seriousness of Thom Yorke’s sarcastic social commentary and harsh, […]

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