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RIFF’d: Muse’s ‘Drones’

As an adolescent in the early 2000s, it wasn’t uncommon to want to start a band exactly like Muse. They were undeniably fucking awesome in the Showbiz/Origin of Symmetry era, and, while Absolution wasn’t timeless like […]

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RIFF’d: The Vaccines’ ‘English Graffiti’

Perhaps the latest great hope for “guitar music” from across the pond, platinum-selling The Vaccines are just now breaking into the American consciousness with English Graffiti. A big part of their appeal is their willingness to […]

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ICYMI: Willow Smith’s New Power Ranger Chakra Language Will Rot Your Brain

If you thought one Willow Smith wasn’t enough (or two if you count her odd bird of a brother) then you’re in for a treat ’cause in her new video “F Q-C #7” (pronounced frequency number […]

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New Study Chases the Relationship Between Repeated Lyrics and the Power of Pop

A recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology revealed that chart-topping songs repeated the same words over and over again, which is the news equivalent to saying the butler did it. The data […]

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Kanye’s Paper Mag Essay and Compromising Lyrics

Just when you think Kanye West couldn’t get any more self-congratulatory he up and writes a personal essay for Paper Mag that essentially crystallizes his egomaniacal ways, stopping just short of calling himself a god (again). […]

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RIFF’d: Passion Pit’s ‘Kindred’

It’s tough being Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos, because bi-polar disorder doesn’t mix that swimmingly with constant touring and promotion. Despite not wanting to be the “volatile artist” type, he takes criticism — and backhanded praise — quite […]

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Marcus Mumford Eyes Hip-Hop Project

Crossovers are nothing new, they happen all the time and with varying degrees of success. The Beastie Boys for example went from punk to rap and redefined a genre, same for Funkadelic who took Motown-like […]

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Percy Sledge, and the Magic of Honesty

Even if you’re not familiar with legendary soul singer Percy Sledge, there’s a good chance you’ve heard his music before, whether it be in film or on the radio or blaring out the window on […]

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The 20-Year-Old Behind Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’

If Rihanna‘s latest super single “Bitch Better Have My Money” sounds like it were written by a child it’s because it was. Noisey UK took it upon themselves to introduce their fanbase to Bibi Bourelly, […]

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RIFF’d: Brian Wilson’s ‘No Pier Pressure’

The malpractice of a corrupt psychiatrist, neuro-degenerative disorders, mental breakdowns, and the behemoth bludgeon of fame couldn’t keep Brian Wilson down forever. His 11th solo album No Pier Pressure (because no one’s too good for bad puns) still […]

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