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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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RIFF’d: Brian Wilson’s ‘No Pier Pressure’

The malpractice of a corrupt psychiatrist, neuro-degenerative disorders, mental breakdowns, and the behemoth bludgeon of fame couldn’t keep Brian Wilson down forever. His 11th solo album No Pier Pressure (because no one’s too good for bad puns) still […]

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RIFF’d: Earl Sweatshirt’s ‘I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt’

The title of Earl Sweatshirt’s third studio album I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt will tell you everything you need to know. The reclusive lyricist who is arguably the most […]

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RIFF’d: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

When following up a classic it’s important to be realistic with your expectations. To duplicate or follow the original blueprint would be unfair to both the artist (who should look to grow at every turn) […]

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