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Lyricapsule: The Monkees Crack Billboard Charts; September 24, 1966

Dropped just shy of a month prior, television’s favorite fake band that clearly wanted to be The Beatles, The Monkees ripped a hole in the pop-culture continuum with their very real Billboard-charting hit on this […]

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RIFF’d: Leonard Cohen’s ‘Popular Problems’

When talking about Leonard Cohen‘s recent return to the spotlight it’s hard not to get caught up in his ongoing financial issues. What he’s going through is enough to make any ordinary man crumble. But as he’s […]

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Streetside: The Herbie Hancock Quartet Hits Portland; September 23

This is a minefield. Herbie Hancock is gesturing to the rest of his quartet with a muffled chuckle at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer concert hall, two days shy of autumn on Sunday, September 21. Vinnie Colaiuta, James […]

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BET Names 2014 Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Crew

When an MC steps into a cypher it’s like stepping into Thunderdome. Any sign of uncertainty, a little quiver in the voice or a fumbling of words and it’s over faster than it began. The […]

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Lyricapsule: The ‘No Nukes’ Concert; September 19, 1979

One of those rare moments when people actually understand the power that they have over political action, a few hundred thousand people converged upon Madison Square Garden on this day in 1979, and the next […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Sage Francis

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: Jimi Hendrix Dies; September 18, 1970

Seattle’s golden prince of shred, Jimi Hendrix, choked on his own vomit on this day in 1970 after a party in London. He was 27-years-young. One of the most infamous members of the 27 Club, […]

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Lyricapsule: The Doors Get Banned From ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’; September 17, 1967

Mr. Ed Sullivan was quickly becoming the face of censorship in the 60s, at a time when American rock and youth wouldn’t have it. Traced back to the late 50s, with Elvis’ infamous shot-above-the-waist set, […]

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RIFF’d: U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’

Ahh, the journalistic goldmine that only a washed-up, self-parodying act with unmatched misplaced self-importance can provide. From U2‘s new position as the Apple house band, to the automatic (and un-consensual) addition of their new album to your […]

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Eminem Finds Home at Guinness Book of World Records

Of all the things Eminem has been recognized for - dysfunctional relationships, bloody rap battles, celebrity feuds, Grammys – there is none more fitting than his most recent nod from the Guinness Book of World Records. A cursory glance at […]

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