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RIFF’d: Run The Jewels’ ‘Run The Jewels 2′

Run the Jewels 2 is an anomaly, a sequel that is just as good as the original. Similar to if not totally like the The Godfather: Part II. It could have just as easily been a […]

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Streetside: Elite Underground Chicago Hip-Hop Trifecta Hit the Empty Bottle; October 21

There was quality to the Open Mike Eagle show at the Empty Bottle featuring Serengeti and Jeremiah Jae that for better or worse spoke volumes about the Chicago hip-hop scene. It was Tuesday and unless […]

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RIFF’d: T.I.’s ‘Paperwork: The Motion Picture’

T.I.‘s ninth studio album, Paper Work: The Motion Picture, marks an important turning point in the 34-year-old rapper’s career – a goodbye to Atlantic, who he had been with for ten years to start anew with Columbia, teaming […]

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Streetside: Melvins at the Showbox in Seattle; October 18, 2014

Melvins are one of the best sludge-stoner metal bands of all time and arguably the first. Of course, that’s not exactly the most lucrative genre, unless you speed it up to midtempo radio format, slap […]

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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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