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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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Streetside: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Blaze a Trail through Chicago’s Metro; March 7

Madlib has always been a big draw, and wherever he goes his fans follow. His opening set was about what you’d expect from a collector whose record collection borders on the epic. “Accordion” in particular […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume X

The Kaiser Chiefs take letters to the chalkboard, rap-rock mystic upstarts Deadgroove make use of the old slide film grain burn-ups and violin stud Owen Pallett opts for sterile gallery-like shots of everyday boring objects, […]

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RIFF’d: Real Estate’s ‘Atlas’

Real Estate‘s laid-back, clean-electric guitar indie sound is always critically-acclaimed, but rarely particularly jaw-dropping. When craving excitement or provocative new sounds, it can even feel a bit dull – but, as Pete Seeger (RIP) and […]

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Listing: 5 Mind-Numbing Lyrics from Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’

For Rick Ross it’s never been about substance. He’s a style whore and proud of it. But even in a world where nothing is what it seems, Ross’ biggest bugaboo has been his credibility. Much […]

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From South Philly to The Tonight Show: The Lyric Evolution of The Roots

There are no official ambassadors of rap, but if there ever were one The Roots would have to be strong candidates. For over two decades they’ve conducted themselves with the type of professionalism and class […]

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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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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume VIII

Lily Allen goes twee for the love of the dating game, The Hold Steady play it animated nondescript with an ode to the bar scene, and Sisyphus with a no-lyric-lyric-video curveball, as we notch into […]

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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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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume VII

Kaleidoscopic chest-thumping, obsessively moleskinning, big-budget .gif graffiti – plenty of stops pulled out this week on the internets in dire hopes of literary sexing up your eyeballs. Or whatever Dominique Young Unique means when she says she’s […]

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