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Cubs Fire DJ for ‘Cuban Missile’ Song Choice

The Chicago Cubs fired a Wrigley Field DJ after playing an inappropriate song during Aroldis (aka “Cuban Missile”) Chapman‘s appearance on the mound. The song “Smack My Bitch Up” by the Prodigy comes on the heels […]

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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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STREETSIDE: METZ Shred Seattle’s Barboza; June 17, 2016

Ever since Metz released II and we RIFF’d it here, I’ve been a huge fan and made no secret of it. They’re also relatively big with the rest of Seattle, which is unsurprising as the band […]

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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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Listing: 5 Paper Thin Lyrics from Peter, Bjorn and John’s ‘Breakin’ Point’

Peter, Bjorn and John‘s seventh studio album Breakin’ Point is the band’s attempt at breaking free of musical redundancies still left over from the whistle era. It’s their first project in five years and the prevailing thought […]

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Listing: 5 Addictive Lyrics from The Kills’ ‘Ash & Ice’

The Kills’ latest record Ash & Ice is a somewhat hit-or-miss affair of stripped down, electro-blues post-punk. That said, the lyrical approach is consistent: love, lust, and all other interpersonal compulsions are told through addiction […]

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RIFF’D: Polica’s ‘United Crushers’

Polica‘s third studio album United Crushers has the Minneapolis-based band exploring a multitude of perspectives. Channy Leaneagh has said that this was her opportunity, inspired by the birth of her second child, to step outside herself and […]

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Handwritten Thom Yorke Lyrics Head to Auction

Originally reported by NME, Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke will be auctioning off handwritten lyrics to “Airbag,” the opener to the 1997 classic Ok Computer. Nostalgia alone isn’t the only thing that makes this a juicy purchase. The lyrics were […]

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Listing: 5 Explosive Declarations from Saul Williams’ ‘MartyrLoserKing’

For as long as Saul Williams has been making music, he’s never shied away from controversy. Since day one it’s been about the people, and putting a spotlight on the injustices that have plagued them. […]

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RIFF’d: Savages’ ‘Adore Life’

The title of Savages’ Adore Life is almost a disclaimer, or a preemptive self-explanation. Lyricist Jehnny Beth is fascinated, if not obsessed, with the power and drawbacks of love, and she’s in love with life […]

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