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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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Magnetic Fields Wordsmith Drops Scrabble-Inspired Poetry Book

How a man with the ambition to write 100 love songs as an ‘introduction’ to the world, even if settling on 69, is just now penning his first book is a confounding question for the […]

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Streetside: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Blaze a Trail through Chicago’s Metro; March 7

Madlib has always been a big draw, and wherever he goes his fans follow. His opening set was about what you’d expect from a collector whose record collection borders on the epic. “Accordion” in particular […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume X

The Kaiser Chiefs take letters to the chalkboard, rap-rock mystic upstarts Deadgroove make use of the old slide film grain burn-ups and violin stud Owen Pallett opts for sterile gallery-like shots of everyday boring objects, […]

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Lyricapsule: Tina Turner’s ’500,000th’ ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ Vocal Take; March 7, 1966

Now considered one of his pinnacle recordings, Phil Spector‘s 1966 homage to unconditional love, “River Deep, Mountain High” just about drove everyone mad at an AFM session for the song on this day 47 years […]

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RIFF’d: Real Estate’s ‘Atlas’

Real Estate‘s laid-back, clean-electric guitar indie sound is always critically-acclaimed, but rarely particularly jaw-dropping. When craving excitement or provocative new sounds, it can even feel a bit dull – but, as Pete Seeger (RIP) and […]

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From South Philly to The Tonight Show: The Lyric Evolution of The Roots

There are no official ambassadors of rap, but if there ever were one The Roots would have to be strong candidates. For over two decades they’ve conducted themselves with the type of professionalism and class […]

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Lyricapsule: The Rise and Fall of Disco at the Grammys; February 27, 1980

The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences decided disco should be part of the Grammy Awards party on this day back in 1980 with Gloria Gaynor‘s “I Will Survive,” awarding the starlet the first and last […]

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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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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume VIII

Lily Allen goes twee for the love of the dating game, The Hold Steady play it animated nondescript with an ode to the bar scene, and Sisyphus with a no-lyric-lyric-video curveball, as we notch into […]

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