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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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Notes from Mr. Sandman: Proh Mic

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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RIFF’D: Charles Bradley’s ‘Changes’

Charles Bradley is an old soul trying to navigate his way through a new unforgiving landscape. Ten years ago he might have been shunned, but thanks to Daptone and its work with Sharon Jones and Lee Fields […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrical Leaps from Adrian Younge’s ‘Something About April II’

Adrian Younge is one of the most well respected producers in the underground soul scene; he’s worked with marquee names like Ghostface Killah, Souls of Mischief and the Delfonics. His biggest challenge, however, has not been popularity. […]

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RIFF’d: Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’

Gary Clark Jr. is not going to let us just label him ‘that guy from Austin who’s really, really good at guitar’. Or, alternately ‘that black guy from Austin…’, since bluesy guitar work has become a […]

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RIFF’d: Bilal’s ‘In Another Life’

Bilal has never been one to sit still for too long; he’s a stylistic chameleon that changes perspective regularly. Each album in his 15-year career has been different than the other, In Another Life, the NYC […]

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RIFF’d: Leon Bridges’ ‘Coming Home’

Leon Bridges, 25, is a true talent, a voice so golden that to deny it would be to deny a gift from above. His style is rich and warm and his debut Coming Home is […]

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Percy Sledge, and the Magic of Honesty

Even if you’re not familiar with legendary soul singer Percy Sledge, there’s a good chance you’ve heard his music before, whether it be in film or on the radio or blaring out the window on […]

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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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