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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXII

Minnesota underground hip-hop heroes, Atmosphere, go fishing for metaphors, an Indonesian teenager campaigns for thug life status, Green Day double down on the American (shooting) idiot psyche and more, in the 32nd week of the […]

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Lyricapsule: Led Zeppelin’s First Jam Session; August 12, 1968

“The whole room just exploded,” are the famous words bassist John Paul Jones used to describe the vérité of the four dudes who became Led Zeppelin on this day in 1968, as an old Yardbirds cover standard, “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Oddisee

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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Rio2016 May Have its Controversies, but Brazil will Always Have These Songs

Rio 2016 has been mired in controversy; unsanitary living conditions, corruption and a blatant disregard for human rights have all overshadowed the olympic event. The negative headlines are overwhelming, but it shouldn’t take away from Brazil’s […]

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Lyricapsule: Son of Sam Killer is Caught; August 10, 1977

The Son of Sam serial killer’s fear-vice on the city of New York during the summer of 1977 ended on this day when NYC police captured David Berkowitz outside his Yonkers apartment. A lot of […]

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Lyricapsule: Jerry Garcia Dies; August 9, 1995

The Deadhead. Love them or hate their granola ways, they speak volumes of the power of the jam band messiah that was the founding member, iconic guitarist and voice of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia. Life […]

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Hip-Hop World Wages War on Drumpf

When it comes to politics the hip-hop universe has been a haven for political rhetoric; it’s a lightening rod topic that brings the best and sometimes worst out of lyricists. The latest round of political buffoonery […]

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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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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume‎ XXXI

Drive-By Truckers and Aloe Blacc get political, Ariana Grande gets her Whitney Houston a cappella vocal range on, the OG country super(lady)group, Trio, dig up some old ‘wildflowers’, and more, in the 31st week of […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Dessa

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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