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Streetside: Low shows some Midwestern Love at Thalia Hall in Chicago; September 18

The festival season coming to a close in Chicago, Minnesota slowcore royalty, Low, came through the city in perfect season-changing form over the weekend (Saturday, September 18), the husband and wife-fronted crew paying a visit to a new southside […]

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Why Cobain’s Fecal Matter Demo ‘Illiteracy Will Prevail’ Matters

Nirvana-fever and Cobain obsession have given society an appreciation for dirty riffs and fashion without pretense. Unfortunately, it also gave us post-grunge, which as we all know birthed bands like Nickelback and Creed. Somewhere in the middle, […]

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Presenting ‘The Emo Keyboard’ App, For All You Robot Bleeding Hearts Out There

Just in case you lost your sense of self-worth and forgot how to be emo, the folks over at Taking Back Tuesday, a popular nostalgia-aping event at Los Angeles‘ Echoplex, created an app that will assist […]

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RIFF’d: Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’

Personal growth can be difficult especially in a place as fickle as the music industry. Everyone wants the same old thing, and to venture beyond the norm is, in most instances, a death sentence. But […]

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RIFF’d: Muse’s ‘Drones’

As an adolescent in the early 2000s, it wasn’t uncommon to want to start a band exactly like Muse. They were undeniably fucking awesome in the Showbiz/Origin of Symmetry era, and, while Absolution wasn’t timeless like […]

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RIFF’d: The Vaccines’ ‘English Graffiti’

Perhaps the latest great hope for “guitar music” from across the pond, platinum-selling The Vaccines are just now breaking into the American consciousness with English Graffiti. A big part of their appeal is their willingness to […]

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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: 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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Listing: Death Grips’ Nihilistic, Suicidal ‘Swan Song’ ‘Jenny Death’

Every weirdo, 4chan user, and experimental music fan just had Christmas come early. Or, ridiculously late, if you count the original wait. Jenny Death, the second half of Death Grips‘ supposed final act, The Powers That […]

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RIFF’d: Modest Mouse’s ‘Strangers to Ourselves’

Eight years after their last album, and over a decade since their mainstream heyday, Modest Mouse have returned. Between life happening and their continual revolving-door of personnel, they’d be forgiven for not having too much […]

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