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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume LI

Ne-Yo, not surprisingly, shrouds a beautiful woman in a bikini with his awful attempts at game, the swollen anthemic rock of Ireland’s Kodaline turn a fidelity track into a made-for-TV PSA on corporate honesty, and a duo […]

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Lyricapsule: Carl Perkins Records ‘Blue Suede Shoes’; December 19, 1955

“Lay off a them shoes,” you jive turkey – so paraphrased rock ‘n roll prince Carl Perkins on this day in 1955 at Sun Studios. Story goes that Johnny Cash, months earlier, wouldn’t shut up […]

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Streetside: Alt-J Live from the Artist’s Den; December 11

Alt-J is the newest truly exceptional gift from the UK. Their debut album An Awesome Wave has been running through myriad veins since 2012, while their sophomore album This is All Yours dropped in September of this […]

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Lyricapsule: Inspiration from The Beatles’ ’A Day in the Life’ Dies; December 18, 1966

Some of the best narratives are mined from newspaper and magazine headlines, whether fictionalized or not. From the twisted seriousness of Nirvana’s “Polly” about the rape of a 14-year-old in Tacoma, Washington, Cobain threading a […]

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RIFF’d: Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’

Nicki Minaj‘s third studio album The Pinkprint is supposed to be a departure from her pop friendly persona, a chance to reacquaint herself with her modest roots, which means heavier on the grime and grit. The approach […]

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Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ is Too Graphic For Rugby

The bond that fastens Tom Jones, death and rugby has apparently been tested over the past several weeks. Former Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Iwan called upon the Welsh Rugby Union to stop the longstanding tradition of […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume L

Nick Lowe contemplates the value of a dollar on Christmas while snowmen defy the point of melting, B-52′s icon Kate Pierson somehow got Fred Armisen to wear the most bedazzled set of kitchen gloves and […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Blu

LA based rapper Blu arrived just in the nick of time. The golden era had long passed and rap had slowly given way to gimmicks and lifestyles. Blu did not. His delivery is classic, combining the ruggedness of the east […]

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Lyricapsule: CBGB Opens its Doors; December 10, 1973

Christened the birthplace of American punk, the iconic LES-Manhattan nightclub, and first slingers of acronym irony, CBGB & OMFUG – or Country, Bluegrass Blues and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers – opened on this day […]

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RIFF’d: Ghostface Killah’s ’36 Seasons’

Ghostface Killah‘s 11th studio album 36 Seasons couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. A Better Tomorrow was a disaster and Wu fans desperately needed a reason to believe again. For Ghostface – the first […]

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