RIFF’d: Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’

The past few years have been big for Aloe Blacc. He’s gone from a relatively obscure player in R&B to being a star on the rise with his music being heard by millions. It’s been […]

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RIFF’d: Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’

Angel Olsen doesn’t run from her experiences. She buckles down and finds inspiration in them, channeling whatever unrequited emotions there are into song. It’s not an altogether groundbreaking technique, but one that she’s grown with […]

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RIFF’d: Broken Bells’ ‘After the Disco’

There’s nothing elusive or misleading about what Broken Bells is trying to do with their sophomore album After the Disco. The title itself says it all. This is about moving beyond trivial pursuits, and into […]

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RIFF’d: Dum Dum Girls’ ‘Too True’

Frontwoman Dee Dee Penny (originally known as Kristin Wilchez) of Dum Dum Girls has been wooing critics with her indie-pop charms for a few years now, which eventually landed the band with a performance on […]

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RIFF’d: Warpaint’s ‘Warpaint’

Looking to avoid the trappings of redundancy, Warpaint waited four long years to release the follow up to The Fool, gambling with creative purgatory in these internet flash times. But it paid off. In that span […]

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RIFF’d: Beyonce’s ‘Beyonce’

Following a string of corporate tie-in songs that failed to connect with anyone save Pepsi and H&M executives, numerous rumors that she had scrapped over 50 songs in order to start afresh and a mammoth world […]

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RIFF’d: R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

R. Kelly has had quite the resurgence over the past few years. Having rebounded from one controversy to the next – from child pornography allegations and assault charges to a near career ending surgery – […]

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RIFF’d: Britney Spears’ ‘Britney Jean’

Fifteen years after “Baby… One More Time” saw her become the world’s most famous girl-next-door, Britney Spears has become something of an elder stateswoman of pop. Disney Channel graduates Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi […]

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RIFF’d: Jake Bugg’s ‘Shangri La’

Recently in danger of becoming more famous for his online spats with One Direction as he is his Bob Dylan tribute act, 19-year-old Jake Bugg’s whole career appears to have been based on the notion […]

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RIFF’d: Lady Gaga’s ‘ARTPOP’

Renowned for her tendency to over-hype, Lady Gaga’s third album arrives with a promise to ‘blur the boundaries between pop music and art culture,’ as though she’s the first artist to ever tackle such a […]

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