RIFF’d: 50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’

When he’s not busy throwing the worst possible first pitch you could ever imagine (really, you have to see it to believe it) 50 Cent is enjoying the fruits of a multimillionaire dollar empire. Living like a […]

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Maya Angelou’s Lyric Legacy

Last week the literary community lost one of its most important ambassadors, Maya Angelou. She was a poet, singer and activist – the type of talent that only comes around once in a generation. She was […]

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Lyricapsule: Joan of Arc is Burned at the Stake; May 30, 1431

Citing the voice of God as incentive to lead the French to victory over the English during the Hundred Years War, a 19-years-young Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy on this […]

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Macaulay’s Pizza Underground Finally Gets Burnt

In one way or another, no matter what he does, Macaulay Culkin seems to always devolve back into Kevin McCallister – the annoying little dipshit who despite being the protagonist you rooted wholeheartedly against. He’s been sucking […]

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Lyricapsule: Percy Sledge Takes ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ to No. 1; May 28, 1966

Recorded a month and some change prior without a lyric game plan, previously unknown Alabama hospital orderly, Percy Sledge, started a two-week Billboard No. 1 run on this day in 1966 with “When a Man […]

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RIFF’d: Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Are We There’

Love can be such a generic subject to explore – been done to death and then some. But when broken down into different shades, and looked at in a new light it has the potential to […]

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Streetside: Converge at Seattle’s ‘Rain Fest’; May 23, 2014

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Washington state: all the Pitchfork-hip bands are at the Gorge for the state’s mini-Coachella, Sasquatch!, and the underage kids flirting with hippie culture are at the free Folklife Festival. For those who […]

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Why Mariah’s Lyric Slip-Up Says a Lot About Her New Album

The trainwreck that is Mariah Carey recently made her way to the Today Show in promotion of her newest album, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. It’s been roughly four years since her last full […]

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The Verse: Biggie Smalls

Introducing The Verse - a SONGLYRICS homage to the masters of the lyric, who have a boundless relationship with all time, listener and page. As a nod back, we offer our own narratives, break down every recorded track […]

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Iggy Azalea and Jimmy Kimmel Collide in a Cosmic Fugue of Annoying

Crossover superstar Iggy Azalea recently made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in support of her newest album The New Classic. Before performing she joined Kimmel for a quirky little segment called “New Lyrics for […]

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