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Streetside: El Ten Eleven at Seattle’s Decibel Festival; September 26

Seattle does electronic music festivals a bit differently than your typical Miami or Ibiza dead teenager bonanza. The city’s premier Decibel Festival, in its 11th year, is a testament to that. While they’ve booked international […]

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Spotlight: Seacats

A buddy of mine told me about Seacats well over a year ago. He worked at the local label to which they’re signed – Fin Records – and it was easy to cynically write them […]

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RIFF’d: Leonard Cohen’s ‘Popular Problems’

When talking about Leonard Cohen‘s recent return to the spotlight it’s hard not to get caught up in his ongoing financial issues. What he’s going through is enough to make any ordinary man crumble. But as he’s […]

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RIFF’d: U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’

Ahh, the journalistic goldmine that only a washed-up, self-parodying act with unmatched misplaced self-importance can provide. From U2‘s new position as the Apple house band, to the automatic (and un-consensual) addition of their new album to your […]

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RIFF’d: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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Metal Fan Goes to Jail for Posting Lyrics on Facebook

At times it seems like we’re moving in endless circles like a ferris wheel caught in some twisted carnival, seemingly progressive one moment in that we can entertain ideas like space travel, but hopelessly doomed the next as our […]

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RIFF’d: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

Ty Segall‘s having his Bowie moment – complete with a new, messianic and androgynous look. Beyond the surface, he’s also combining the many musical hats he’s worn on previous records (like Bowie’s many eras), tapping […]

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RIFF’d: Spoon’s ‘They Want My Soul’

Despite the adage, you can judge a book by its cover. Such as with Spoon‘s eighth studio album They Want My Soul, their first in four years. On it is an outstretched hand with a small cloud that is […]

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RIFF’d: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Ultraviolence’

Some hardships are forged within the belly of fate. Others are self-induced, meticulously branded and sold as lifestyle. Lana Del Rey’s third album Ultraviolence falls into the latter category. Having already divulged her life as this sort […]

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Streetside: A Full Friday the 13th Moon with Goat in Chicago; June 13

Goat is a strange and enigmatic group, a band of cultural nomads that seem to delight in mystery. Their arrival at Chicago’s Thalia Hall last Friday – to celebrate their album World Music – held […]

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