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RIFF’d: Dirty Projectors’ ‘Dirty Projectors’

After a five-year hiatus, the Dirty Projectors return with their most heartbreaking album yet. There is no mincing words on their self-titled project, it is a self-analytical piece inspired exclusively by the break-up and recovery process. […]

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Steel Panther Regrets Changing Lyrics to Please Record Company

Formally known as Metal Shop, then Metal Skool, and now Steel Panther, behold the LA faux-glam crew in their Sunset Strip element; Photo: N/A Steel Panther is an unholy Spinal Tap-ish parody reincarnation of the 80s […]

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Grace Slick Gives All Earnings from Chick-Fil-A Commercial to LGBTQ Rights Organization

Grace Slick flips the bird at one of her art gallery showings; Photo: Getty/David Livingston Grace Slick, former lead singer of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, may seem to be an unlikely match with the socially conservative […]

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Data Scientist Definitively Determines the Saddest Radiohead Song

Analytics Specialist/Blogger ‘RCharlie’s header for his “fitteR happieR” Radiohead experiment; Photo: rcharlie.com Radiohead are well known for having bleak, despairing and sometimes absolutely heart-rending songs. Playing their music usually casts a dim atmosphere around the room and […]

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RIFF’d: Jens Lekmen’s ‘Life Will See You Now’

Jens Lekman‘s fourth studio album Life Will See You Now is a lesson in humility. He’s an atypical pop star, and isn’t afraid to be as odd and vulnerable as he wants to be. It’s a […]

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Linkin Park Release Artwork for LP7 and Lyrics for Single ‘Heavy’

On Monday, Linkin Park tweeted the possible image of their to-be-revealed seventh LP; Photo: Twitter For many the band Linkin Park is the epitome of aughts alt-rock: edgy, hard riff-driven and screamed semi-emo vocals. Yet it has been […]

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The Dark History of Smash Mouth’s Lyrics in ‘All Star’

Origin paper notebook “All Star,” in all its Smash Mouth glory; Photo:[email protected] Earlier today Smash Mouth, the faux-ska outfit that swept the late 90s with its annoying feel-good hit “All Star” recently posted an image on […]

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RIFF’d: Foxygen’s ‘Hang’

Foxygen‘s fifth studio album Hang plays out like a soundtrack to a movie that not only doesn’t exist, but one that no one wants to see made. From beginning to end it is weighed down […]

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RIFF’d: The xx’s ‘I See You’

The xx‘s third studio album I See You is an ambitious and dogged march towards liberation. All that has hampered them since becoming international pop stars airs out in ten masterfully crafted songs. They embrace everything […]

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RIFF’d: Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

Leonard Cohen has one speed: slow. It’s a baked in approach and the pace in which his 14th studio album You Want It Darker unfolds. In striking fashion, Cohen meticulously careens through gospel-tinged tunes, stopping only to reflect […]

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