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RIFF’d: The National’s ‘Sleep Well Beast’

The National‘s seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast is a project steeped in tension and inner-turmoil. Darkness is the principal theme throughout, but instead of letting it consume them the Brooklyn kings of brood harness […]

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RIFF’d: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

Lana Del Rey‘s fifth studio album Lust For Life is the sound of a budding songstress taking full flight. She’s enjoying the fruits of her labor while still growing as an individual, and relishing every […]

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RIFF’d: Grandaddy’s ‘Last Place’

In an attempt to make amends for a longstanding hiatus, Grandaddy return with their revealing fifth studio album Last Place. It is the California-based outfit’s attempt to rewrite a chapter in their catalog, but this […]

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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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Cubs Fire DJ for ‘Cuban Missile’ Song Choice

The Chicago Cubs fired a Wrigley Field DJ after playing an inappropriate song during Aroldis (aka “Cuban Missile”) Chapman‘s appearance on the mound. The song “Smack My Bitch Up” by the Prodigy comes on the heels […]

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RIFF’D: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals’ ‘Call it What it Is’

Ben Harper is the diner food of pop music; offers a little bit of everything, but isn’t particular good at any one thing. For his 13th studio album Call It What It Is he takes his […]

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RIFF’d: Josh Ritter’s ‘Sermon on the Rocks’

Josh Ritter delivers his Sermon on the Rocks like most preachers would — with as many references to commonly recognized Biblical images as possible, and some raunchy boasts for PG-13 appeal. NPR calls the album’s […]

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RIFF’d: Father John Misty’s ‘I Love You, Honeybear’

Once Josh Tillman dubbed himself Father John Misty and took to strutting across the stage of Letterman as the “Only Son of the Ladies’ Man,” it was clear the man didn’t want to be separated […]

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Bob Dylan Honored in 960-Page Lyric Tome

Greatness never dies and for the few who’ve transcended pop culture the way Bob Dylan has the love just gets more decadent over time. After 50 years his narrative continues to write itself with a slew […]

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Keep it Dirty: A 5-Piece 1-Finger Salute to the Dis Track

There are few things out there more grossly entertaining than feuding musicians, the extent in which they’ll go to ridicule one another knowing no end. It’s great theater that – unless your name is 50 Cent […]

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