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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: A$AP Rocky’s ‘At.Long.Last.ASAP’

A$AP Rocky‘s second studio album At.Long.Last.ASAP was supposed to be a celebration, a chance to revel in all the success and notoriety that he’s accumulated from his rise to stardom. But somewhere along the line […]

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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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RIFF’d: Faith No More’s ‘Sol Invictus’

Back in the saddle after 18 years since their last release, Faith No More decided on Sol Invictus to stop just being weird for the sake of being weird. Or, for that matter, they stopped […]

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RIFF’D: Snoop Dogg’s ‘Bush’

With over two decade’s worth of music to his credit, 13 solo albums and numerous guest spots, Snoop Dogg has immortalized himself in popular culture, a surefire lock for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. […]

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RIFF’d: METZ’s ‘II’

Some internet-ers are hailing Sub Pop’s newest standard-bearers METZ as musical reincarnations of acts ranging from Melvins to Nirvana, while also garnering comparisons to contemporaries like Pissed Jeans and tourmates Fidlar. Whatever your stance on […]

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RIFF’d: Raekwon’s ‘Fly International Luxurious Art’

Raekwon is a textbook case of how to extend the life of a career. Since he dropped his solo album back in ’95 he’s worked hard to maintain his creative integrity, never selling out for […]

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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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RIFF’d: Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Cherry Bomb’

Tyler, the Creator‘s Cherry Bomb is the shoddiest coming-of-age story to hit music in a long time — a mixed bag of weather-beaten ideas, surprisingly ambitious beats and mediocre lyricism. He’s growing laterally, trying to improve upon […]

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RIFF’d: Wire’s ‘Wire’

British underground punk rockers Wire have released a self-titled as their 14th album, and for the uninitiated (including myself), it sounds like a wordier, more at-peace version of Interpol, but with grander jams – the […]

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