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Lyricapsule: Mickey Mantle’s Jersey Gets Retired; June 8, 1969

Mickey “Muscles” Mantle, the greatest switch-hitter to cross the mound retired in 1968 after a 17-year stretch in the MLB. In 1969 on this June day, the New York Yankees gave the same honor to […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Grease’ Hits Broadway; June 7, 1972

A year after debuting in a Chicago blues club, the iconic post-war musical Grease orchestrated its way onto Broadway on this day in 1972. Much of the gritty, midwestern drama and sass was torqued along […]

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Lyricapsule: R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped in the Closet’; June 6, 2002

There’s an old literary weapon called the “Iceberg Theory” in which an artist cuts out bits of what the story is more deeply about, leaving all the fun and imagination up to the receiver of […]

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RIFF’d: Kanye West’s ‘Ye’

For his latest album Ye, Kanye West opens up about some of his most pressing concerns. He’s delving deep into his psyche, discussing everything from infidelity and mental health to fatherhood. For as ambitious as […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘The Gig That Changed the World’; June 4, 1976

Photo: N/A A year and a half before they could even cut an album — what would be their only album — in one of the quickest yet influential burnouts in music history, the Sex Pistols assembled […]

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Lyricapsule: John & Yoko Sing ‘Give Peace a Chance’; June 1, 1969

The first day of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Bed-In’ in Amsterdam, March 25, 1969; Photo: Eric Koch via Wiki “This is an alternative to violence: stay in bed and grow your hair.” One of […]

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RIFF’d: Pusha T’s ‘Daytona’

Pusha T‘s third studio album, Daytona, is a stripped down effort with nothing but malice, rage and bravado as its foundation. In just seven songs Pusha T reasserts his credibility as a drug kingpin turned rap […]

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Lyricapsule: The Who Become the Loudest Band on Earth; May 31, 1976

The cover of ‘Who’s Better Who’s Best: Very Best of the Who’; Photo: Polydor Records Long before Jack White and his paltry Guinness reach for most metaphors in a concert, there was The Who on this […]

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Lyricapsule: Joan of Arc is Burned at the Stake; May 30, 1431

‘Joan of Arc’ by English painter John Everett Millais (1829–1896); Photo: Wiki Citing the voice of God as incentive to lead the French to victory over the English during the Hundred Years War, a 19-years-young Joan […]

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Lyricapsule: Jeff Buckley Drowns; May 29, 1997

Photo: n/a Singer-songwriter lionheart Jeff Buckley was only 30-years-young when he accidentally drowned mid-swim in the Wolf River near Memphis, Tennessee on this day in 1997. According to a roadie that was with him at the […]

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