RIFF’d: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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RIFF’d: Young Jeezy’s ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

Despite being arrested on gun charges, Young Jeezy’s 7th studio album ,Seen it All: The Autobiography, is slated to be released as scheduled. It’s a situation with serious implications, so nothing to scoff at, but convenient in […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Yung Lean

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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RIFF’d: Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Blacc Hollywood’

For years Wiz Khalifa has dubbed himself as this rap-rock star who does what he wants, when he wants and however he wants to do it. He’s a people’s champ for the young stoners out […]

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AZ Talks Current State of Rap: From About the Lyric, to About the Hustle

When AZ talks lyricists should pipe down and listen. Why? Because a gross ton of knowledge is about to fall from the sky. He came from an era of integrity honoring the pen, respecting the culture […]

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RIFF’D: FKA Twigs’ ‘Lp1′

FKA Twigs is a born winner, the picture of unrestrained opulence – being told you’re beautiful from the very beginning and believing ever word of it without questioning what it actually means to be beautiful. She’s a […]

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RIFF’d: La Roux’s ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Trouble in Paradise is a straight-up 80s record. Not a ‘hipster 80′s-revivalism, but mixed with shoe gaze, indie rock something else’ record - just 80s synth pop. As a fan of the high, catchy-as-hell vocal lines of […]

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The Weird Wide World of Al Yankovic: The Step-Father of Parody Returns

As an actor, singer, and comedian Weird Al Yankovic has seen and done just about everything. He’s poked fun at the King of Pop, starred in his own movie, and wrote a children’s book, all […]

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RIFF’d: Morrissey’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’

We can all accept that Morrissey is possibly modern history’s single best reincarnation of Narcissus. His dedicated fanbase even enjoys it. Recently, his self-absorbed vanity has aged like a fine wine into crotchety old curmudgeon territory, giving his hatred of everyone and […]

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RIFF’d: Sia’s ’1000 Forms of Fear’

Sia is an amazing artist. Her first big gig was as a backing vocalist for Jamiroquai, but she went on to create heart-wrenching ballads like “Breathe Me,” plus memorably gave Zero 7 a silky smooth […]

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