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RIFF’d: Morrissey’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’

We can all accept that Morrissey is possibly modern history’s single best reincarnation of Narcissus. His dedicated fanbase even enjoys it. Recently, his self-absorbed vanity has aged like a fine wine into crotchety old curmudgeon territory, giving his hatred of everyone and […]

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RIFF’d: Sia’s ’1000 Forms of Fear’

Sia is an amazing artist. Her first big gig was as a backing vocalist for Jamiroquai, but she went on to create heart-wrenching ballads like “Breathe Me,” plus memorably gave Zero 7 a silky smooth […]

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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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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Cody Chesnutt’s ‘Headphone Masterpiece’

Introducing ‘Notes from Mr. Sandman‘ – a column slapping a spotlight on lyricists overlooked, under appreciated, or just plain criminally slept on. Or like a man named Nas once said, “I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.” […]

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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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Streetside: Alec Ounsworth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) at Some Couple’s Living Room in Portland, OR; March 20

“I like to play in these live settings because nobody has any idea what I’m saying on the record,” Clap Your Hands Say Yeah statesman Alec Ounsworth quipped to an audience of 50, sitting indian-style […]

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RIFF’d: Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’

The past few years have been big for Aloe Blacc. He’s gone from a relatively obscure player in R&B to being a star on the rise with his music being heard by millions. It’s been […]

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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: Angel Olsen’s ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’

Angel Olsen doesn’t run from her experiences. She buckles down and finds inspiration in them, channeling whatever unrequited emotions there are into song. It’s not an altogether groundbreaking technique, but one that she’s grown with […]

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Spotlight: Jen Wood

Twelve years ago, emotional-downtempo producer Dntel pleased his cult fanbase by wrangling some guest vocals out of future-O.C.-darling Ben Gibbard. The resulting track would be so well loved, it would inspire them to form an indie-tronic pet […]

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