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RIFF’d: The Afghan Whigs’ ‘Do to the Beast’

There’s something peculiar about the time-frame of 16 years lately, in terms of the recent reunion albums and tours. First Soundgarden’s King Animal comes out 16 years after Down on the Upside, and then Neutral […]

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RIFF’d: The Faint’s ‘Doom Abuse’

The Faint are probably best known as “that band that Conor Oberst was in briefly once upon a time.” Their second claim to fame is as average participants in indie-dance’s time shared in the spotlight […]

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Streetside: ‘Oh Comely’, Dear Neutral Milk Hotel, Back to Seattle’s Neptune Theater; April 4

In 2012, Jeff Mangum visited Seattle’s The Moore Theater for two nights, the first of which – as was the case at dates across the country – sold out almost instantaneously. It marked the first […]

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RIFF’d: Mac DeMarco’s ‘Salad Days’

Compared to past albums Salad Days is a much more focused effort – not so much in sound, which still hovers between Gilberto Gil and The Beatles – but in content. Mac DeMarco’s matured a great […]

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RIFF’d: Real Estate’s ‘Atlas’

Real Estate‘s laid-back, clean-electric guitar indie sound is always critically-acclaimed, but rarely particularly jaw-dropping. When craving excitement or provocative new sounds, it can even feel a bit dull – but, as Pete Seeger (RIP) and […]

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Listing: 5 Darkly Poignant Lyrics from St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’

St. Vincent‘s return comes with a new look, but also with a heavy dose of distorted, synthesized funk. It’s a bit weirder than her past fare, but she actually seems to be getting new converts […]

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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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Listing: The Top 5 Lyrics From Young The Giant’s ‘Mind Over Matter’

Released via a label typically associated with heavy metal, unexpectedly championed by eternal miserablist Morrissey and spawning a song (“Cough Syrup”) which featured during an attempted suicide scene in Glee, the story surrounding Young The […]

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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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