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Lyricapsule: Soundtracking Tax Day; April 15, Forever

Though it was aimed at British policy, George Harrison‘s Revolver opener, “Taxman,” is arguably the best tax day jam every written. If you haven’t dedicated a moment of your April 15 past or present to cowbell […]

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Lyricapsule: Butch Cassidy is Born; April 13, 1866

The last of the Wild West outlaws, Butch Cassidy, was born on this day in 1866, capturing a piece of the American Dream with a lifetime of robberies and crime-sprees with his crew the Wild […]

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Lyricapsule: Bill Haley Records ‘Rock Around the Clock’; April 12, 1954

Per our human necessity to be definitive with the way the past has unfolded, this day in 1954 serves as the fuse to the moment rock ‘n’ roll exploded. The story goes that a pair […]

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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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Lyricapsule: Kurt Cobain References Neil Young in Suicide Note; April 8, 1994

Splayed across the greenhouse floor of his Lake Washington, Seattle home, Kurt Cobain was found dead on this day in 1994. Close to his body a purported suicide note was found referencing his daughter, the […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Proh Mic

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: Charles Bradley’s ‘Changes’

Charles Bradley is an old soul trying to navigate his way through a new unforgiving landscape. Ten years ago he might have been shunned, but thanks to Daptone and its work with Sharon Jones and Lee Fields […]

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Lyricapsule: Baseball Has Arrived; April 5, 2016

Baseball’s opening day arrived this past Sunday, like it has every year since the inception of the league. Though we’d love to plug our beloved home team, we’re going to go democratic and point to […]

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Jamaica’s Nesbeth Channels Marley, Unites Political Parties w/ Song

In Jamaica music plays a crucial role in politics; it can sway opinions and inform, but can also be used as rhetoric to slander and spread rumors and hearsay. In recent news the two prevailing political […]

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Lyricapsule: Muddy Waters is Born; April 4, 1913

The late great blues dynamo Muddy Waters would have turned 103 today. Heed this sage economic and metaphorical advice from one of the masters of the weeping guitar lead on 1964 single “You Cant Lose What You Ain’t […]

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