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

Ashley Monroe – The Blade (Warner Music Nashville)
Brigades – Indefinite (Pure Noise)
The Bunny The Bear – A Liar Wrote This (Victory Records) – Davey Boy
Counterparts – Tragedy Will Find Us (Pure Noise)
Cult Leader – Useless Animal (Deathwish Inc.)
Ducktails – St. Catherine (Domino Recording Company)
The Dustbowl Revival – With A Lampshade On (Signature Sounds)
Eleni Mandell – Dark Lights Up (Yep Roc Records)
Eleventh Dream Day – Work For Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey)
Field Music – Music For Drifters (Memphis Industries)
Jill Scott – Woman (Atlantic)
Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova (Legacy)
Kasey Chambers – Bittersweet (Sugar Hill)
Lamb Of God – VII: Sturm Und Drang (Epic)
Locrian – Infinite Dissolution (Relapse)
Loop – Array 1 (ATP Recordings)
Madchild – Silver Tongue Devil (Battle Axe Records)
Northlane – Node (Rise Records)
Old Man Luedecke – Domestic Eccentric (True North Records)
Omar Souleyman – Bahdemi Nami (Monkeytown)
On An On – And The Wave Has Two Side (Roll Call Records)
Ricked Wicky – King Heavy Metal (Guided By Voices)
Sleaford Mods – Key Markets (Harbinger Sound)
Strange Wilds – Subjective Concepts (Sub Pop Records)
Symphony X – Underworld (Nuclear Blast America)
Tim Bowness – Stupid Things That Mean The World (Inside Out US) – Raul Stanciu
Trae Tha Truth –…

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

Alan Jackson – Angels & Alcohol (Capitol Nashville)
Bassnectar – Into The Sun (Amorphous Music)
The Bird And The Bee – Recreational Love (Rostrum Records)
The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes (Astralwerks)
Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room – Party Adjacent (Asian Man)
Dragonforce – In The Line Of Fire (Ear Music)
Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015 (Drag City)
Future – DS2 (Epic)
Galactic – Into The Deep (Provogue)
Iron Wine & Ben Bridwell – Sing Into My Mouth (Black Cricket/Brown Records)
Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free (Southeastern Records)
MS MR – How Does It Feel (Columbia)
Ninja Sex Party – Attitude City (CD Baby)
Pitbull – Dale (Sony Latin)
Ratatat – Magnifique (XL Recordings)
Sublime With Rome – Sirens (InGrooves)
Tame Impala – Currents (Interscope) – Rudy K.
Team Sleep – Woodstock Sessions Vol. 4 (Woodstock Sessions)
Tearjerker – Stay Wild (Self-released)
White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again (Polyvinyl Records)
Wilco – Star Wars (Self-released)
Xander Duell – Wade Laiste (INGRID)

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Album Streams:

The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes

Flying Saucer Attack – Instrumentals 2015

Jason Isbell – Something More Than Free

Ratatat – Magnifique

Tame Impala – Currents

Tearjerker – Stay Wild

White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

Wilco – Stars (free download)…

As Friday the 10th marks the first date under the global music industry’s paradigm shift into a more unified release schedule, your weekly news post will also be moving to the end of the week to honour the change (and to generally make things as easy as possible for yours truly). The change – which has eschewed multiple releases across the week in favour of one singular day – will affect 45 countries, and was put in place by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The conglomerate currently represents 1300 various record companies around the world.

Friday was chosen as the official day in an effort to curb piracy, as both physical and online stores peak with consumer traffic over the weekend. July was chosen in an effort to work out  and fine-tune any kinks prior to the holiday season.

For more on the topic, you can head over here. But for now, as always…

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

Between The Buried And Me – Coma Elliptic (Metal Blade)
Cody Simpson – Free (Bananabeat Records/Coast House)
Cradle Of Filth – Hammer Of The Witches (Nuclear Blast America) – Trey Spencer
Ego Likeness – When The Wolves Return (Metropolis Records)
Four Tet – Morning/Evening (Text Records)
Ghostface Killah – Twelve Reasons To Die II (Linear Labs)
KMFDM…

Please note that this will be the last weekly update post to be published at the beginning of the week. In lieu of Friday being recognised as the official “global release day”, this post will now be moving to the end of the week to accomodate the change. Check back in on Friday the 10th of July for your weekly news. And for information regarding the global release date change, you can head here

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 23rd, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Apathy – It’s The Bootleg, Muthafuckas! Vol. 4: The Black Lodge (Dirty Version Records)
Apathy – Weekend At The Cape (Dirty Version Records)
August Burns Red – Found In Far Away Places (Fearless Records)
Bang Gang – Wolves & Whispering (Idol)
Bilal – In Another Life (Entertainment One Music)
Dan Svizeny – Whitecaps (Group Tightener)
Failure – The Heart Is A Monster (Failure Records)
God Is An Astronaut – Helios/Erebus (Revive Records)
The Internet – Ego Death (Columbia)
Joy Williams – Venus (Columbia)
LA Priest – Inji (Domino Recording Company)
Man Overboard – Heavy Love (Rise Records) – Davey Boy
Matt Pond PA – The State Of Gold (Doghouse Records)
Miguel – Wildheart (RCA)
Refused – Freedom (Epitaph) – Dan H.
Rolo Tomassi – Grievances (Ipecac Recordings)
Tyga – The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (Last King’s Music)

We are currently hosting an AMA over on r/music at Reddit. If you’ve been dying to know if Irving’s nicest-guy-in-the-world persona is really just an act, if Davy prefers boxers or briefs, if I really am a robot, and what Sowing does to celebrate the publishing of another Taylor Swift review, then pop in here and flick us a question. Of course you could always ask what our ambitions for the website are, and what Sputnik truly means to us, but where’s the fun in that?

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 23rd, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Breaking Benjamin – Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood Records)
Bully – Feels Like (Columbia)
Creepoid – Cemetery Highrise Slum (Collect Records)
Desaparecidos – Payola (Epitaph)
Everything Everything – Get To Heaven (RCA/Sony)
Goblin Rebirth – Goblin Rebirth (Relapse)
Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Jaakko Eino Kalevi (Weird World)
Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville)
Leon Bridges – Coming Home (Columbia)
London O’Connor – O∆ (Self-released)
Mocky – Key Change (Heavy Sheet)
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real – The Monsanto Years (Reprise)
Pistol George Warren – Oceapur 9 (Self-released)
Richard Thompson – Still (Fantasy)
Rhapsody – Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus (Nuclear Blast America)
Son Lux – Bones (Glassnote)
T. Hardy Morris – Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountaintop (Dangerbird)
Thy Art Is Murder – Holy War (Nuclear Blast America)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 16th, 2015. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Active Child – Mercy (Vagrant)
Adam Lambert – The Original High (Warner Bros.)
Amos Lee – Live At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony (ATO Records)
Ben Browning – Turns (Yellow Year)
Calvin Love – Super Future (Arts & Crafts)
DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks: DJ Koze (K7)
Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones (PTKF) – Rudy K.
Hilary Duff – Breathe In. Breathe Out (RCA)
Hudson Mohawke – Lantern (Warp Records)
Ike Reilly – Born On Fire (Rock Ridge Music)
James Taylor – Before This World (Concord)
The Lonesome Trio – The Lonesome Trio (Sugar Hill)
mewithoutYou – Pale Horses (Run For Cover Records/LLC) – SowingSeason
Mika – No Place In Heaven (Republic)
Nate Ruess – Grand Romantic (WEA/Fueled By Ramen)
The Ongoing Concept – Homemade (Solid State)
Outfit – Slowness (Memphis Industries)
Ryn Weaver – The Fool (Interscope)
Third Eye Blind – Dopamine (Mega Collider)
Walk Of The Earth – Sing It All Away (Columbia)

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Album Streams:

Active Child – Mercy

Hudson Mohawke – Lantern

mewithoutYou – Pale Horses

Ryn Weaver – The Fool

Walk Of The Earth – Sing It All Away

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

Staff :

1. Sufjan Stevens
2. Nirvana
3. Cairo Knife Fight
4. In Flames

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…

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