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RIFF’d: The Game’s ‘Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf’

Don’t be fooled, the Game’s sixth studio album, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, is not a solo album in the traditional sense. It’s more like an exhibition, an opportunity to showcase some loose change friends (Soulja […]

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Listing: 5 Stereotypical ’60s-isms from Foxygen’s ‘…And Star Power’

Foxygen have made a name for themselves with a clever portmanteau moniker and a hefty dose of 60s nostalgia. However, there’s not a lot more to their style, which seems to trigger over-compensation with superfluous, extended noise […]

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RIFF’d: Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’

In college, while discussing music with some new friend-quaintances, one of them dared to blurt out “Weezer sucks.” While I was quick to pounce on this blasphemy and defend indie-emo’s founding older brothers, he was […]

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RIFF’d: Prince’s ‘Art Official Age’

This is the album that Prince fans were waiting for, a sonic excursion that rips through generations of time, soul-strutting from one galaxy to the next with every piercing falsetto and strum of the guitar. Art Official […]

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RIFF’d: Prince & 3rdeyegirl’s ‘Plectrumelectrum’

As an aging megastar, Prince is taking measured steps towards a new phase in his professional life. Plectrumelectrum is him acting as player-coach, familiarizing himself as a behind-the-scenes guy while still being able to break ankles on the court, a […]

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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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Streetside: The Herbie Hancock Quartet Hits Portland; September 23

This is a minefield. Herbie Hancock is gesturing to the rest of his quartet with a muffled chuckle at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer concert hall, two days shy of autumn on Sunday, September 21. Vinnie Colaiuta, James […]

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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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