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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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Lyricapsule: Robert Johnson is Poisoned; August 13, 1938

One of the most infamously forgotten members of the 27-Club, blues-heart Robert Johnson was served a poisoned glass of whiskey on this day back in 1938 during a show in Greenwood, Mississippi, leading to his […]

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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2014: Day 3

With the sun making a longer appearance on Sunday, The Flaming Lips swan song-ed the last day of the three day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival with their life-is-short classic, “Do You Realize:” With a great weekend coming […]

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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival: Day 2

“Saturday is the best day because you can be hungover tomorrow and it doesn’t matter,” roared Este Haim of the indie rock sister trio Haim during their midday performance on day two of the Outside Lands […]

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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2014: Day 1

“I want you to tell your kids about this night,” Kanye West exclaimed during his headlining set on the opening day of this year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. West’s hook from “Good Life” […]

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Lyricapsule: Decca Destroys Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’; August 8, 1960

A famous actress once said that “he who hesitates is a damn fool.” In the music industry, there are many examples of fools and hesitations. Decca Records takes the prize with the decision to pass […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Edan

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: Spoon’s ‘They Want My Soul’

Despite the adage, you can judge a book by its cover. Such as with Spoon‘s eighth studio album They Want My Soul, their first in four years. On it is an outstretched hand with a small cloud that is […]

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