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Before we get started, a quick round of applause to both Manosg and Paradox1216 who were recently promoted to the contributor pool. Congratulations guys, and we wish you well in your new surroundings. Just make sure you close the door behind you, we don’t want Hep Kat sneaking in.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 14th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Calexico – Edge Of The Sun (Anti Records)
The Damnwells – The Damnwells (Rock Ridge Music)
Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart (Warner Bros.)
Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit: I Don’t Go Outside (Columbia) – Jonny Hunter
fLako – Natureboy (Five Easy Pieces)
Greg Holden – Chase The Sun (Warner Bros.)
Halestorm – Into The Wild Life (Atlantic)
James Pants – Savage (Stones Throw)
Jeremy Bass – Winter Bare (Self-released)
John Andrews & The Yawns – Bit By The Fang (Woodsist)
Keller Williams – Vape (Self-released)
Lee Harvey Osmond – Beautiful Scars (Latent Recordings)
Looper – Offgrid:Offline (Mute)
Lowland Hum – Lowland Hum (Self-released)
Now And On Earth – Blacked Out (Epitaph)
Reba McEntire – Love Somebody (Big Machine Records)
Second Storey & Appleblim – ALSO (R&S Records)
Stranger Cat – In The Wilderness (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Suuns And Jerusalem In My Heart – Suuns And Jerusalem In My Heart (Secretly Canadian)
Trickfinger – Trickfinger (Acid Test)
Villagers – Darling Arithmetic (Domino Recording Co.)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 7th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Aceyalone – Action (Bionik Music)
All Time Low – Future Hearts (Hopeless Records)
American Wrestlers – American Wrestlers (Fat Possum)
Blues Traveler – Blow Up The Moon (Loud & Proud Records)
Brian Wilson – No Pier Pressure (Capitol)
Darius Koski – Sisu (Fat Wreck Chords)
Delta Rae – After It All (Sire)
Doldrums – The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Sub Pop Records)
Drenge – Undertow (Infectious Music)
Drug Cabin – Wiggle Room (401K Music)
DTCV – Uptime! (Xemu Records)
East India Youth – Culture Of Volume (XL Recordings)
Enforcer – From Beyond (Nuclear Blast America)
Folk Family Revival – Water Walker (Rock Ridge Music)
Lapalux – Lustmore (Brainfeeder)
Lord Huron – Strange Trails (IAMSOUND)
Marriages – Salome (Sargent House)
Matt & Kim – New Glow (Harvest)
The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ (Merge Records)
Only Real – Jerk At The End Of The Line (Virgin EMI)
Portico – Living Fields (Ninja Tune)
Priory – Need To Know (Warner Bros.)
Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors (Relapse)
Scuba – Claustrophobia (Hotflush Recordings)
Shlohmo – Dark Red (True Panther Sounds)
Sworn In – The Lovers/The Devil (Razor & Tie)
Toro Y Moi – What For? (Carpark Records)
The Very Best – Makes A King (PIAS America)
The Waterboys – Modern Blues (Kobalt)
Waters- What’s Real (Vagrant Records)
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp (Merge

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 31st, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Benoît Pioulard – Sonnet (Kranky)
Billy Woods – Today, I Wrote Nothing (Backwoodz Studioz)
Boxed In – Boxed In (Nettwerk Records)
Boz Scaggs – A Fool To Care (429 Records)
Darius Rucker – Southern Style (Universal Nashville)
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi (Atlantic) – Rudy Klapper
Death Grips – The Powers That B (CMG)
Donato Dozzy & Anna Caragnano – Sintetizzatrice (Spectrum Spools)
Föllakzoid – III (Sacred Bones Records)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (Constellation)
Hollerado – 111 Songs (Royal Mountain Records)
Hollywood Undead – Day Of The Dead (Interscope Records)
Jerry Paper – Carousel (Bayonet Records)
Jessy Malin – New York Before The War (One Little Indian)
Jodeci – The Past, The Present, The Future (Epic)
Lower Dens – Escape From Evil (Ribbon Records)
Ludacris – Ludaversal (Def Jam)
Marching Church – This World Is Not Enough (Sacred Bones Records)
Missy Mazzoli – Vespers For A New Dark Age (New Amsterdam)
Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast US)
The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy (Warner Bros.)
Ringo Starr – Postcards From Paradise (UMe)
Ron Sexsmith – Carousel One (Compass Records)
Simon Joyner – Grass, Branch & Bone (Woodsist)
The Soft Moon – Deeper (Captured Tracks)
The Sonics – This Is The Sonics…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 24th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful (Atlantic Urban)
Beautality – Einfallen: A Tale Ov Torment & Triumph (Nordavind Records)
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. (Mom & Pop Music)
Etiquette – Reminisce (Hand Drawn Dracula)
Gabrielle Papillon – The Tempest Of Old (Self-released)
The Go! Team – The Scene Between (Memphis Industries)
Hit The Lights – Summer Bone (Pure Noise)
Humming House – Revelries (Rock Ridge Music)
Inventions – Maze Of Woods (Temporary Residence)
Jam City – Dream A Garden (Night Slugs)
JEFF The Brotherhood – Wasted On The Dream (Infinity Cat)
Jimmy Whispers – Summer In Pain (Moniker Records)
Joel Plaskett – Joel Plaskett & The Park Avenue Sobriety Test (Pheromone Recordings)
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015 (Mom & Pop Music)
Julian Moon – Good Girl (Warner Bros. Records)
Laura Marling – Short Movie (Ribbon Records)
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey)
Liturgy – The Ark Work (Thrill Jockey)
LoneLady – Hinterland (Warp Records)
Mind.In.A.Box – Memories(Metropolis Records)
People Of The North – Era Of Manifestations (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Grand – All American Boy (Grand Nation)
Strung Out – Transmission.Alpha.Delta (Fat Wreck Chords) – Jom
Them Are Us Too – Remain (Dais Records)
Too Close To Touch – Nerve Endings…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 17th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Allison Moorer – Down To Believing (Entertainment One Music)
AWOLNATION – Run (Red Bull Records)
Björk – Vulnicura (One Little Indian) – Jacob Royal
The Cribs – For All My Sisters (Arts & Crafts)
Death Grips – Jenny Death (Harvest Records)
Eskimo Callboy – Crystals (Universal)
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin (PIAS)
Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight (Rough Trade)
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)
Mark Knopfler – Tracker (Verve)
Modest Mouse – Strangers To Ourselves (Epic)
Moonspell – Extinct (Napalm)
Nic Hessler – Soft Connections (Captured Tracks)
Nick Lutsko – Etc. (Self-released)
San Cisco – Gracetown (+180 Records) – Davey Boy
Sleeping With Sirens – Madness (Epitaph)
Tobias Jesso Jr. – Goon (True Panther Sounds) – Davey Boy
Twin Shadow – Eclipse (Warner Bros.)

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Album Streams:

AWOLNATION – Run

Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

San Cisco – Gracetown

Tobias Jessor Jr. – Goon

Twin Shadow – Eclipse

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SputnikMusic’s Most Played Artists of the Week (according to Last.FM):

Staff :

1. Slayer
2. Carcass
3. Rae Sremmurd
4. Taylor Swift
5. Father John Misty
6. Lil’ Wayne
7. Leviathan
8. T.I.
9. Pixies
10. Arkan

Contributors:

1. Drake
2. Modest Mouse
3.…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 10th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Aero Flynn – Aero Flynn (Caroline)
ANAMAI – Sallows (Buzz Records)
Beans On Toast – The Grand Scheme Of Things (Xtra Mile Recordings)
Brodinski – Brava (Parlophone)
Cancer Bats – Searching For Zero (Metal Blade)
Enslaved – In Times (Nuclear Blast)
Evans The Death – Expect Delays (Slumberland)
Harm’s Way – Rust (Deathwish Inc.)
Heems – Eat, Pray, Thug (Megaforce)
iVardensphere – Fable (Metropolis Records)
Lieutenant – If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week (Dine Alone)
Luke Bryan – Spring Break… Checkin’ Out (Universal Nashville)
Madonna – Rebel Heart (Interscope)
Marina & The Diamonds – Froot (New Elektra)
Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood (Domino Recording Company)
Melechesh – Enki (Nuclear Blast)
No Spill Blood – Heavy Electricity (Sargent House)
The Rezillos – Zero (Metropolis Records)
Taylor Berrett – Great Falls (Warner Bros.)
Will Butler – Policy (Merge Records)
Young Guv – Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland)

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Album Streams:

Aero Flynn – Aero Flynn

Evans The Death – Expect Delays

Heems – Eat, Pray, Thug

Lieutenant – If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week

Marina & The Diamonds – Froot

Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood

Will Butler – Policy

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SputnikMusic’s Most Played Artists of the Week (according to Last.FM):

Staff :

Before we get started, a big round of applause to VheissuCrisis and StrangerofSorts, who have now earned the illustrious rank of Staff Reviewer. If receiving such a lofty title as that wasn’t enough, they now also earn unmitigated access to Sowing’s staff car wash service, as well as a signed copy of Babymetal’s last album.

Also a hearty (not big, but hearty nonetheless) round of applause to ComeToDaddy, ExplosiveOranges, JohnnyOnTheSpot and thelastsignal, who have all joined the contrib ranks. And to our returning contributor JamieTwort as well; greatness and one free ice cream await you all.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 24th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Agonist – Eye Of Providence (Century Media)
Ahamkara – The Embers Of The Stars (Nordvis) – Magnus Altkula
Aidan Baker – The Confessional Tapes (Pleasence Records)
The Airborne Toxic Event – Dope Machines (Epic)
Alcoa – Parlour Tricks (Caroline Records)
Alien Ant Farm – Always & Forever (Executive Music) – Jom
All That Remains – The Order Of Things (Razor & Tie)
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam)
The Black Ryder – The Door Behind The Door (The Anti-Machine Machine)
Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct (Nuclear Blast)
Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer (Domino Recording Co.)
Drug Cabin – Yard Work (401K Music)
Dutch Uncles – O Shudder (Memphis Industries)
Emile Haynie – We Fall…

Applications are still open for contrib and staff positions for those wishing to climb the proverbial Sputnik ranks. If you have a vested interest in writing about music, are a respectable and friendly member of the community, and have no idea what I mean when I say mezz crew, then head on over here to submit your applications.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 17th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

36 Crazyfists – Time & Trauma (Spinefarm Records)
The Amazing – Picture You (PTKF)
Anthony Naples – Body Pill (Text Records)
Black Rivers – Black Rivers (Ignition Records) – SowingSeason
Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth – Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (Neurot Recordings)
Colin Hay – Next Year People (Compass Records)
Elle King – Love Stuff (RCA)
Estelle – True Romance (BMG Rights Management)
Ibeyi – Ibeyi (XL Records)
Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors (Interscope Records)
José González- Vestiges & Claws (Mute)
The Juliana Hatfield Three – Whatever, My Love (American Laundromat Records)
Kate Pierson – Guitars & Microphones (+180 Records)
Kodaline – Coming Up For Air (RCA Records)
Letts – Hold Fast (Vagrant Records)
Lyal Strickland – Balanced On Barbed Wire (Self released)
The Mavericks – Mono (Valory)
Mourn – Mourn (Captured Tracks)
Nedelle Torrisi – Advice From Paradise (Ethereal Sequence)
A Place To Bury Strangers –…

Applications are still open for contrib and staff positions for those wishing to climb the proverbial Sputnik ranks. If you have a vested interest in writing about music, are a respectable and friendly member of the community, and have no idea what I mean when I say mezz crew, then head on over here to submit your applications.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 10th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Adolescents – La Vendetta… È Un Piatto Che Va Servito Freddo (Frontier Records)
Adrenaline Mob – Dearly Departed (Century Media)
Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Rounder)
Blacklisted – When People Grow, People Go (Deathwish Inc.)
Caught On Tape – Full Bleed (Northern Spy Records)
The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil (Fat Possum)
The Dreaming – Rise Again (Metropolis Records)
Fat Mike – Home Street Home (Fat Wreck Chords)
Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop Records)
Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds (Scarlet Records)
JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll (Rounder)
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – A Year With 13 Moons (Mexican Summer)
Johan Agebjorn – Notes (Paper Bag)
Joker – Mainframe (Kapsize)
Knifight – V (KnifightMusic)
Marduk – Frontschwein (Century Media) – Kyle Ward
Martin Sexton – Mixtape Of The Open Road (Kitchen Table)
Neal Morse – The Grand Experiment (Metal Blade)
Retox – Beneath California (Epitaph)
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow…

Welcome back!

Remember that applications are currently open for both contributor and staff positions on the site. If you’re interested and feel as if you have what it takes, then head on over to the application thread here and sell yourself to us! Not in a literal sense of course though… *

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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 3rd, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Big Noble – First Light (Affiliates Sound)
Blind Guardian – Beyond The Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast America)
Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night (Columbia)
Breakfast In Fur – Flyaway Garden (Bar/None Records)
Butch Walker – Afraid Of Ghosts (Dangerbird Records)
Chip Z’Nuff – Strange Time (Cleopatra)
The Church – Further Deeper (+180 Records)
Diana Krall – Wallflower (Verve Music Group)
Fifth Harmony – Reflection (Syco Music/Epic)
John Carpenter – Lost Themes (Sacred Bones Records)
John Tejada – Signs Under Test (Kompakt)
Kid Ink – Full Speed (RCA)
Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee (Constellation)
Mount Eerie – Sauna (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
Murder By Death – Big Dark Love (Bloodshot Records)
Ricked Wicky – I Sell The Circus (Guided By Voices)
TeeFlii – Starr (Epic)
Title Fight – Hyperview (Anti)
Two Gallants – We Are Undone (ATO Records)
Victor Villarreal – Sleep Talk (Joyful Noise Recordings)
Yesterday’s Saints – Generation Of Vipers (Draconum Records)…

10. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Stream: ‘Carissa’ (6:55)

The fact Mark Kozelek’s “dispute” with The War on Drugs has overshadowed Benji in press coverage speaks volumes for how fucking stupid it was, but at least it proved Mark doesn’t hold anything back. When he spends an album fearing, thinking about and reflecting on death you know he means it; when he says sorry to the kid he punched in high school you know he means it; when he explains how terrified he is of losing his mother you damn well know he means it.

And that’s what makes Benji so special. In his long-winded, meandering way, Mark has exposed himself to the world without a thought of how the world might react. The album doesn’t lose impact over time because there is nothing to be cynical about: nothing to see through. This is it, and it is sad, but with one line at the end of ‘Michellene’ Mark manages to remind us not to worry, because there is always each other. — Jonny

9. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

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Stream: ‘Rattlesnake’ (3:36)

Perhaps the most frequent justification for a record being self-titled is that it signifies a definitive statement; a culmination of all that’s great…

30. La Dispute – Rooms Of The House

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Stream: ‘Woman (Reading)’ (3:30)

La Dispute’s third full length release sees the bands continually shying away from their flashy post hardcore roots, instead focusing on cohesiveness, both musically and lyrically. And while Rooms of the House has been met with mixed critical reception, it personally seems clear that this record is one of the better efforts La Dispute have put forth, as this record strikes the perfect balance between harmonic brashness and quiet contemplation. While Rooms of the House’s subject matter regarding loss of love is nothing new to Jordan Dreyer and company, the approach to such a topic vastly differentiates itself from past albums, telling the story of a couple falling out of love, but mixing in real life locations and referencing past songs on the album. And while this approach to songwriting is not immediately rewarding, the intricacies found on tracks such as ‘Woman (Reading)’ or ‘Stay Happy There’ make revisiting this album a pleasant and necessary experience. — Alex T.

29. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End

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Stream: ‘Back To The Shack’ (3:05)

Of all the emotions that fell out upon listening to Everything

50. Gates – Bloom And Breathe

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Stream: ‘Not My Blood’ (5:56)

Many have taken to calling Gates “Thrice with post rock”, which, while meant as a compliment in most cases, does a massive disservice to what they’ve created with Bloom and Breathe.  Gates have crafted a deeply affecting and unique album which deserves to be heard on its own merits – not by way of piggybacking or association with the now deceased (or not??) post hardcore band. Bloom and Breathe’s swirling melodies make a foundation which allows for huge moments, placed in such a way that allows for it to wash over, creating a sense of catharsis. So much more than the sum of their parts, Gates have put together something special with their sophomore release. They may not have been on too many radars before 2014, but over 50-minutes they prove themselves to be a must-listen. — Josh Fountain

49. Manners – Pale Blue Light

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Stream: ‘Binge’ (2:29)

Manners so perfectly encapsulate what it’s like to be depressed, alone, and under the influence; it’s kind of scary. There’s a connection that’s felt with the members of Manners through their music; like these guys aren’t just dudes that make catchy…

10. Cult Leader – Nothing For Us Here

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Stream: ‘Skin Crawler’ (2:52)

What happens when your lead singer is accused of a heinous crime and the event begins to overshadow your music and message? It was quite simple for the remaining members of Gaza as they moved their sound literally from one band to another.  Gaza’s three remaining musicians took no time in re-establishing their grind influenced hardcore in Cult Leader on their introduction EP Nothing For Us Here with a new singer (who sounds exactly like the accused singer of Gaza).  Even the title doesn’t stray far from the Gaza hate-fueled lyrical themes that studied political and religious crimes against the world. Looking at the EP itself, ‘God’s Lonely Children’ is a feedback drenched intro that helps rocket the next four tracks into warped, off-kilter grinding riffs and metalcore beatdowns that will surely please anyone looking for an intense, yet interesting take on hardcore.  It’s not until ‘Driftwood’ where we can finally breathe and allow ourselves to pick up our teeth and take in the glorious use of slow dynamics, showcasing a brooding melody that ends up knocking us to the ground. Fans of Gaza, you need not worry because we now have the mighty Cult Leader. — Karl V.H.

9. xSPONGEXCOREx – How Tough Are Yah?

As the release calender winds down for the festive season, and as we gear up for the big year-end features, this will be the last new releases post for the year.

As such, this post will cover all scheduled releases for the whole of December and January. Please note that all release dates provided are current at the time of posting, though are subject to change. All information is based upon their physical North American release date (where possible). This post will continue to be updated over the coming weeks as any new releases are announced or are postponed ( *cough*The Carter V). Both the album streams section and the Last FM charts will be updated accordingly as well.

If you happen upon a new release being announced that you don’t see here, please feel free to post in the comments section and it will be added. The same goes for any streams that become available after posting.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Staff end of year feature as well as the best of 2014 feature as decided by the entire userbase; head here to find out how you can cast your votes. Apart from that, enjoy the upcoming holidays and we will catch you all again in February 2015!

And as always, please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

2 December
AC/DC – Rock Or Bust (Columbia)
Little Envy – Little Envy (South By Sea)

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