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ICYMI: Weird Al’s Wily TV Theme Song Parody at the Emmys

Hot off the late-blooming success of Mandatory Fun, Weird Al Yankovic’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard charts ever, the king of lyric kitsch took to adding sentiments to primetime television’s current all star lineup […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Yung Lean

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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RIFF’d: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

Ty Segall‘s having his Bowie moment – complete with a new, messianic and androgynous look. Beyond the surface, he’s also combining the many musical hats he’s worn on previous records (like Bowie’s many eras), tapping […]

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O Canada: A Rework of a National Treasure

If you’re looking for a cause to stand behind you don’t have to go very far. A cursory glance at yesterday’s headlines will yield at least a dozen. They can be found around every corner. And then there’s […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Soul Position

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: Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Blacc Hollywood’

For years Wiz Khalifa has dubbed himself as this rap-rock star who does what he wants, when he wants and however he wants to do it. He’s a people’s champ for the young stoners out […]

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AZ Talks Current State of Rap: From About the Lyric, to About the Hustle

When AZ talks lyricists should pipe down and listen. Why? Because a gross ton of knowledge is about to fall from the sky. He came from an era of integrity honoring the pen, respecting the culture […]

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Outside Lands 2014: As Diverse as Its Hometown

Kacey Musgraves could not have been serenading a more appropriate city in San Francisco with her democratic single, “Follow Your Arrow,” from her CMA award-winning debut album, Same Trailer Different Park on Friday at this year’s 7th Outside […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cool Calm Pete

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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Another Rapper Sent to Jail Over Contentious Lyrics

There have been discussions before as to whether or not rap should be considered protected speech, and the argument in favor of it being so is fairly simple and straightforward. It’s an art form and […]

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