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RIFF’d: Kid Rock’s ‘Sweet Southern Sugar’

Kid Rock‘s 11th studio album, Sweet Southern Sugar, is affirmation of what the pop world has known all along, that age will not be kind to Kid Rock. With only ten songs on the docket he […]

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Lana Del Rey Retires Controversial Song ‘Cola’

Lana Del Rey; Photo: Facebook In light of recent events, Lana Del Rey has announced that she will be retiring the song “Cola” from her sets. The song has attracted attention because it has long […]

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Original Lyrics to David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ Go Up For Auction

The handwritten, working lyrics to David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ (left), the Thin White Duke (right); Photo: Julien’s  The legend of Ziggy Stardust grows daily, which has made any Bowie-related ephemera a hot ticket item. Recently a […]

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RIFF’d: Destroyer’s ‘Ken’

With his 12th studio album, ken, Dan Bejar adds another dense, enigmatic chapter to the Destroyer legacy. In typical fashion he chronicles the journey in such a way that blends the familiar with the abstract. He […]

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RIFF’d: Beck’s ‘Colors’

For his thirteenth studio album Colors, Beck leaves the abstractions behind to convey in plain English the seismic growth he’s experienced over the past two years. It’s an older, wiser Beck who is approaching life […]

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RIFF’d: Marilyn Manson’s ‘Heaven Upside Down’

After a lengthy delay, Marilyn Manson returns with his tenth studio album Heaven Upside Down. Initially the project was slated to be released on Valentine’s day, but dissatisfaction led Manson to reconsider the creative direction. […]

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RIFF’d: Prophets of Rage’s ‘Prophets of Rage’

The Prophets of Rage‘s self-titled debut is a prime example of how a good idea can flounder when it is poorly executed. All parties involved are legends in their own right, but together they only […]

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RIFF’d: The National’s ‘Sleep Well Beast’

The National‘s seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast is a project steeped in tension and inner-turmoil. Darkness is the principal theme throughout, but instead of letting it consume them the Brooklyn kings of brood harness […]

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RIFF’d: LCD Soundsystem’s ‘American Dream’

Much like fear, anger can be a motivating force, but get too familiar with it and it can leave you scalded and disfigured. For their fourth studio album, American Dream, LCD Soundsystem reunites to air out […]

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RIFF’d: The War on Drugs’ ‘A Deeper Understanding’

True to its namesake, The War on Drugs‘ fourth studio album A Deeper Understanding is a thoughtful examination of the past and the profound affect that memories can have on the present. Adam Granduciel delves […]

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