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RIFF’d: Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’

Usher is something of an ageless wonder. He dips off the radar for years, only to reappear stronger, more potent than ever. He cultivates his experiences and then seamlessly transforms them into pop masterpieces, never […]

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RIFF’D: Atmosphere’s ‘Fishing Blues’

This deep into their career Atmosphere has very little to prove. They’re icons and built an empire in one of the last places you’d expect hip-hop to thrive. They’ve proven that it’s true: greatness can […]

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RIFF’D: Gucci Mane’s ‘Everybody Looking’

Mainstream rap is as fickle as the weather, one moment the sun is shining and you’re hot stuff, the next moment you’re yesterday’s news, left out in the cold. For Gucci Mane his reign has […]

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RIFF’D: Snoop Doggs’ ‘Coolaid’

Snoop Dogg is a living legend and he is as important to rap today as he was when he first hit the scene nearly a quarter century ago. But for his 14th studio album Coolaid he […]

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RIFF’d: Blink-182’s ‘California’

Tom DeLonge has left Blink-182 and Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba has filled the vacancy. Are you pumped? Saddened? Intrigued? Well, Blink’s new DeLonge-less record California is still pretty boilerplate pop-punk, but the change is still exciting. […]

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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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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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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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RIFF’d: Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead’s never made a dud, but it’s still been tough for them to truly keep our attention since the groundbreaking Kid A. Over time, pairing the seriousness of Thom Yorke’s sarcastic social commentary and harsh, […]

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RIFF’D: Homeboy Sandman’s ‘Kindness For Weakness’

Homeboy Sandman is someone you want to root for. He’s got a great work ethic, he’s not afraid of the big stage, and he has a pedigree that any hip-hop fan can appreciate. Add a […]

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