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RIFF’d: Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’

A lot of millennials freaked out over the 10-year anniversary of Mean Girls, marking it a milestone in ‘holy crap, I’m getting old’ syndrome. I, on the other hand, get the same set of heebie jeebies […]

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RIFF’d: 50 Cent’s ‘Animal Ambition’

When he’s not busy throwing the worst possible first pitch you could ever imagine (really, you have to see it to believe it) 50 Cent is enjoying the fruits of a multimillionaire dollar empire. Living like a […]

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RIFF’d: Sharon Van Etten’s ‘Are We There’

Love can be such a generic subject to explore – been done to death and then some. But when broken down into different shades, and looked at in a new light it has the potential to […]

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RIFF’d: Coldplay’s ‘Ghost Stories’

Since Coldplay‘s two first melancholic, similar-sounding - albeit incredibly infectious - breakout albums, they’ve managed to solidify arena status with even poppier guilty pleasure tunes of bittersweet euphoria (see “Fix You“). Through sheer determination and longevity, they’ve outlasted […]

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RIFF’d: The Black Keys’ ‘Turn Blue’

It’s hard to avoid the narrative trap of filtering an artist’s new music through the lens of their personal life. Here, it’s a non-issue because it’s completely unavoidable. The Black Keys‘ frontman Dan Auerbach went through […]

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RIFF’d: Lily Allen’s ‘Sheezus’

Before delving into why Lily Allen’s newest album Sheezus is her worst effort yet it’s important to understand first her demographic, which lands somewhere between 12-25 – the age range in which an identity crisis […]

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RIFF’d: Pixies’ ‘Indie Cindy’

Indie Cindy, the Pixies’ first record since 1991 was recorded in 2012, and released as a series of teaser EPs throughout 2013 and 2014. As such, while their latest is officially being released this Tuesday, it’s […]

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RIFF’d: Future’s ‘Honest’

Future’s sophomore album Honest is exactly what the title implies, a forthcoming and open look at one of raps most celebrated stars. Within its lavishly decorated walls are portraits that depict his soul down to the […]

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RIFF’d: The Faint’s ‘Doom Abuse’

The Faint are probably best known as “that band that Conor Oberst was in briefly once upon a time.” Their second claim to fame is as average participants in indie-dance’s time shared in the spotlight […]

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RIFF’d: Mac DeMarco’s ‘Salad Days’

Compared to past albums Salad Days is a much more focused effort – not so much in sound, which still hovers between Gilberto Gil and The Beatles – but in content. Mac DeMarco’s matured a great […]

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