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Lyricapsule: The Surfaris Drop ‘Wipe Out’; June 22, 1963

Immortalized by high-school marching bands following its release on this day in 1963, wave-chaser of a bass-drum and jangly guitar chase “Wipe Out” by Cali beach-bums, The Surfaris, was one of those rare cheeky cult […]

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RIFF’d: Nas’ ‘Nasir’

When you’re as well established as Nas you can do anything you want and not have to answer to anybody. He’s a legend who has built an empire upon a standard of excellence and instead […]

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Lyricapsule: The Byrds Drop ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’; June 21, 1965

Though The Byrds only used four verses of Bob Dylan‘s original wit, this day in 1965 kicked the veritable fence down between folk and rock, when The Byrds chased the pop panache of the British […]

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Lyricapsule: Nirvana Drop ‘Bleach’; June 15, 1989

Most of Bleach, Nirvana‘s major label deflowering, dropped on this day in 1989, was crunchy grunge fodder dressed up that way because there was this movement called grunge, and Sub Pop put on the pressure […]

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Lyricapsule: Derek and the Dominos’ First Gig; June 14, 1970

Spurned from dissipating energy from Cream and Blind Faith, Eric Clapton was quietly entering his masterpiece phase in the Spring of 1970. And by quietly we mean strung out on smack, blow and the unrequited […]

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RIFF’d: Lilly Allen’s ‘No Shame’

Lily Allen‘s fourth studio album No Shame is a celebration of self-discovery. She’s never been one to sit quiet and once again she’s taking a stab at all those who’ve slighted her. What’s different than […]

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Lyricapsule: Alanis Morissette Drops ‘Jagged Little Pill’; June 13, 1995

Before Alanis Morissette‘s definition of “Ironic” confused a generation of young students of English, the abrasive alt-rock starlet wasn’t abrasive at all — she cut her teeth as a child actor, dabbling in teen pop in […]

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Jersey Teen Faces 10 Years Behind Bars over Violent SoundCloud Rap

Photo: George Douglas Peterson via SoundCloud Eighteen-year-old Michael Schmitt of West Caldwell, New Jersey is facing up to 10 years in prison, reports Buzzfeed, after posting a controversial rap on his SoundCloud profile, illschmitt✖︎ ✖︎, alluding to violence […]

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French Muslim Rapper’s Bataclan Gigs Incite Protests

French rapper, Médine, raps in the halls of the Bataclan in Paris, in the official video for his song of the same name; Photo: YouTube Despite both of his shows selling out and the Bataclan’s […]

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Lyricapsule: Thich Quang Duc’s Immolation; June 11, 1963

Thich Quảng Đức’s self-immolation on June 11, 1963; Photo: Malcom Browne via Wiki Rock and politics have always had a contentious relationship, with a massive section of minds sour at the idea of the latter being […]

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