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RIFF’d: The Avett Brothers’ ‘True Sadness’

For The Avett Brothers ninth record, they again enlisted the polarizing but eclectic super producer Rick Rubin. They stick to fairly straightforward subject matter, from spirituals to breakups, coming to grips with death to boozy […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Tyga

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: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘The Getaway’

Through 10 albums, 30 years, and the process of losing John Frusciante twice, RHCP has gradually morphed from at least semi-dangerous, sex-funk rap-rockers that borrowed plentifully from Faith no More to a Californicated punchline. Even Stadium Arcadium apologists […]

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Listing: 5 Paper Thin Lyrics from Peter, Bjorn and John’s ‘Breakin’ Point’

Peter, Bjorn and John‘s seventh studio album Breakin’ Point is the band’s attempt at breaking free of musical redundancies still left over from the whistle era. It’s their first project in five years and the prevailing thought […]

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Listing: 5 Addictive Lyrics from The Kills’ ‘Ash & Ice’

The Kills’ latest record Ash & Ice is a somewhat hit-or-miss affair of stripped down, electro-blues post-punk. That said, the lyrical approach is consistent: love, lust, and all other interpersonal compulsions are told through addiction […]

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RIFF’D: Ariana Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’

When you think about what it means to be dangerous (at least by pop standards) several things come to mind: edgy, revolutionary, unapologetic. A person who will lay a hammer to status quo and not […]

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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Luniz

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 […]

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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Dimes from Phife Dawg’s Legendary Career

When Malik Izaak Taylor (bka Phife Dawg) passed away last Tuesday he left behind a legacy that was nothing short of legendary. The outpouring from fans and friends came in from every corner of the […]

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‘Cube and Common Make Amends with ‘Real People’

To celebrate the release of his newest movie Barbershop: The Next Cut, Ice Cube teamed up with fellow rapper/actor Common for a song entitled “Real People.” On the surface it’s not much, your standard feel-good […]

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