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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of October 15, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anberlin – Devotion (Big3 Records)
Anneke Van Giersbergen – Drive (Inside Out US)
The Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion (American Recordings)
Beats Antique – A Thousand Faces: Act 1 (10 Spot)
Black Milk – No Poison, No Paradise (Fat Beats Records)
Bloc Party – Tapes (Retrofit/!k7)
Boardwalk – Boardwalk (Stones Throw)
Cass McCombs – Big Wheels And Others (Domino)
Courtesy Drop – Songs To Drive To; Cray And Make Love To (Animal Style Records)
Crystal Antlers – Nothing Is Real (Innovative Leisure)
Cults – Static (Columbia)Rudy K.
Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood (Nuclear Blast US)
Diane Birch – Speak A Little Louder (S-Curve Records)
The Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley (Partisan Records)Adam Downer
Doomriders – Grand Blood (Deathwish Inc.)
Ereb Altor – Fire Meets Ice (Cyclone Empire)
Fall Out Boy – Pax AM Days (Island Records)
Field Study – Feverland (Nine Mile Records)
Friendzone – DX (Self released/Bandcamp)
Gary Numan – Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) (10 Spot)
Gavin DeGraw – Make A Move (RCA)
The Head And The Heart – Let’s Be Still (Sub Pop)
Heavenly Beat – Prominence (Captured Tracks)
I Am King – Onehundred (Rise Records)
Icon For Hire – Icon For Hire (Tooth & Nail Records)
James Ferraro –…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 24, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Andrew St James – Doldrums (Fortune Records)
Au Revoir Simone – Move In Spectrums (Instant Records)
Audio – Bag Of Bones (Blackout Records)
Bleach Blonde – Starving Artist  (Rise Records)
Buried Beds – In Spirit (Devinyl Records)
Cher – Closer To The Truth (Warner Bros.)
Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe (Glassnote)Eli Kleman
Deals Death – Point Zero Solution (Spinefarm)
Deer Tick – Negativity (Partisan Records)
Drake – Nothing Was The Same (Cash Money) – Adam Thomas
Elton John – The Diving Board (Capitol Records/Universal)
Frankie Rose – Herein Wild (Fat Possum Records)
Ghostpoet – Some Say I So I Say Light (Play It Again Sam)
Gov’t Mule – Shout! (Blue Note/Universal)
Ha Ha Tonka – Lessons (Bloodshot Records)
Huerco S. – Collonial Patterns (Software)
Icona Pop – This Is… Icona Pop (Big Beat/WEA)
The Internet – Feel Good (Odd Future)
INVSN – INVSN (Razor & Tie)
Jesu – Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came (Shellshock)
Kelley Stoltz – Double Exposure (Third Man Records)
Kings Of Leon – Mechanical Bull (RCA)
Lovers – A Friend In The World (Badman Records)
Matthew Good – Arrows Of Desire (Frostbyte) – Irving Tan
Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day (Rhymes Of

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 17, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Band In Heaven – Caught In A Summer Swell (Decades Records)
Bill Callahan – Dream River (Drag City)
Billy Currington – We Are Tonight (Mercury Nashville)
Carcass – Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast America)
Chris Young – A.M. (Sony Nashville)
Cloud Control – Dream Cave (Votiv)
Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir (Sacred Bones)
Delorean – Apar (True Panther Sounds)
The Devil Wears Prada – 8:18 (Roadrunner Records)
The Dirtbombs – Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey (In The Red)
Factory Floor – Factory Floor (DFA Records)
Felix Martin – The Scenic Album  (Prosthetic Records)
Five For Fighting – Bookmarks (Wind-Up)
The Flatliners – Dead Language (Fat Wreck Chords)
Grouplove – Spreading Rumours (Atlantic)
Gwar – Battle Maximus (Metal Blade)
Islands – Ski Mask (Redeye)
Jack Johnson – From Here To Now To You (Universal Republic)
JD Eicher & The Goodnights – Into Place (Rock Ridge Music)
Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back (Hyperdub)
Justin Moore – Off The Beaten Path (Valory)
Keep Shelly In Athens – At Home (Cascine)
London Grammar – If You Wait (1-2-3-4-GO!)
Mark Lanegan – Imitations (Vagrant Records)
Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands – Tess (Candy Cross)
Maybach Music Group – Self Made Vol. 3 (Atlantic)
MGMT – MGMT (Columbia)
Múm – Smilewound (Morr Music)
The Naked & Famous – In Rolling Waves (Republic)
Nightmares…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 10, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (Def Jam)
Arctic Monkeys – AM (Domino)
Babyshambles – Sequel To The Prequel (EMI Import)
Balance & Composure – The Things We Think We’re Missing (No Sleep Records)
The Black Watch – The End Of When (1-2-3-4-GO!)
Body/Head – Coming Apart (Matador Records)
Covenant – Leaving Babylon (Metropolis Records)
Earth, Wind & Fire – Then, Now & Forever (Sony Legacy)
Emiliana Torrini – Tookah (Rough Trade US)
Farewell, My Love – Gold Tattoos (Standby Records)
George Jones – Amazing Grace (Welk Records)
Gloria Estefan – The Standards (Sony Masterworks)
Goldfrapp – Tales Of Us (Mute)
Human Parts – Human Parts (No Idea Records)
J. Roddy Walston & The Business – Essential Tremors (ATO Records)
Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady (Bad Boy)Greg “the booty doesn’t lie” Fisher
Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister (Slumberland Records)
Kaskade – Atmosphere (Ultra Records)
Katatonia – Dethroned & Uncrowned (Kscope)Kyle Ward
Keith Urban – Fuse (Capitol Nashville)
Man Man – On Oni Pond (Anti Records)
Mark Knopfler – Privateering (Universal)
Miniboone – Miniboone (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Ministry – From Beer To Eternity (AFM Records)
Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs – Stand Together, Fall Together (Cameron House Records)
Sheryl Crow – Feels Like Home…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 3, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Ariana Grande – Yours Truly (Universal Republic)
Califone – Stitches (Dead Oceans)
Celestial Shore – 10x (Hometapes)
Chelsea Wolfe – Pain Is Beauty (Sargent House)Angel
Glasvegas – Later… When The TV Turns To Static (BMG Rights Management)
Gorguts – Colored Sands (Season Of Mist)Sobhi Youssef
Grooms – Infinity Caller (Western Vinyl)
Holograms – Forever (Captured Tracks)
Jackson And His Computerband – Glow (Warp Records)
Jonathan Rado – Law And Order (Woodsist)
John Legend – Love In The Future (Columbia)
The Julie Ruin – Run Fast (The Julie Ruin Records)
King Khan & The Shrines – Idle No More (Merge Records)
Lonnie Holley – Keeping A Record Of It (Dust To Digital)
Modern Life Is War – Fever Hunting (Deathwish Inc.)
My Ticket Home – Strangers Only (Rise Records)
Natalia Kills – Trouble (Interscope Records)
Nedelle Torrisi – Nedelle Torrisi (Nedelle Torrisi)
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti Records)
Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Columbia)
North Mississippi Allstars – World Boogie Is Coming (Songs Of The South)
Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium (ATO Records)
Pink Frost – Sundowning (BLVD Records)
Richard Buckner – Surrounded (Merge Records)
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree – Disappearance…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 6, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Amanda Shires – Down Fell The Doves (Lightning Rod Rec.)
Anna Rose – Behold A Pale Horse (White Pony Records)
Asking Alexandria – From Death To Destiny (Sumerian)
Barbarossa – Bloodlines (Memphis Industries)
Blondes – Swisher (RVNG International)
Brendan James – Simplify (Noble Steed Music)
Brett Eldredge – Bring You Back (Atlantic)
Centuries – Taedium Vitae (Southern Lord)
Chick Corea – The Vigil (Concord Jazz)
The Civil Wars – The Civil Wars (Sensibility Recordings/Columbia Records)
The Dangerous Summer – Golden Record (Hopeless Records)
Dead Letter Circus – The Catalyst Fire (UNFD)
The Defiled – Daggers (Nuclear Blast US)
Eric Copeland – Joke In The Hole (DFA Records)
Exhumed – Necrocracy (Relapse)
Explosions In The Sky & David Wingo – Prince Avalanche (Temporary Residence)
Hugh Laurie – Didn’t It Rain (Warner Bros.)
The Icarus Line – Slave Vows (1-2-3-4-GO!)Greg Fisher
Iwrestledabearonce – Late For Nothing (Century Media)
Jake Bellows – New Ocean (Saddle Creek)
James LaBrie – Impermanent Resonance (Inside Out US)
Karnivool – Asymmetry (Workhorse Music)Jacob Royal
KT Tunstall – Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon (Blue Note Records)
Kyle – Beautiful Loser (Indie-Pop)
Long Lost – Save Yourself, Start Again (No Sleep Records)
Lumerians – The High Frontier (Red Distribution)
Medicine – To The Happy Few (Captured Tracks)
Moderat – II (Mute)
Modern…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 30, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Alelea Diane – About Farewell (Rusted Blue Records)
Backstreet Boys – In A World Like This (K-Bahn LLC/BMG Rights Management)
Barricades – With Perfect Aim (Barricades)
Buddy Guy – Rhythm & Blues (RCA)
Chimaira – Crown Of Phantoms (Entertainment One)
Confide – All Is Calm (Confide)
Cosmoscope – Hero Or Menace (Cosmoscope)
Elitist – Between The Balance (Consumer Records)
Enduser – Retox (Retox)
Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell – Part I (Prospect Park)
Fortune Howl – Earthbound (Fortune Howl/Bandcamp)
Joan Of Arc – Testimonium Songs (Polyvinyl Records)
Michael Franti & Spearhead – All People (Capitol)
Missing Monuments – Missing Monuments (Dirtnap Records)
Moreland & Arbuckle – 7 Cities (Telarc)
The Reign Of Kindo – Play With Fire (Candyrat Records)
Russell Howard – City Heart + (Rock Ridge Music)
Shpongle – Museum Of Consciousness (Twisted Records)
Soft Swells – Lifeboats (Modern Outsider)
Sparks The Rescue – Truth Inside The Fiction (Sparks The Rescue)
Tech N9ne – Something Else (Strange Music)
Tiefighter – Tiefighter (Tiefighter)
Vince Gill & Paul Franklin – Bakersfield (MCA Nashville)

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

Staff :

1. Thundercat
2. Vampire Weekend
3. The National
4. Slum Village

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 16, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

ASC – Time Heals All (Silent Season)
Born Without Bones – Baby (Born Without Bones/Bandcamp)
Beach – In Us We Trust (Short Story Records)
Calibre (being released under Dominick Martin) – Valentia (Signature Recordings)
Call It Closure – Holotype (Call It Closure)
Candice Glover – Music Speaks (Interscope Records)
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – White Teeth, Black Thought (Cherry Poppin’ Daddies)
Court Yard Hounds – Amelita (Columbia)
David Lynch – The Big Dream (Sacred Bones Records)
Defeater – Letters Home (Bridge Nine Records)
Desert Stars – Habit Shackles (Desert Stars)
Evan Brewer – Your Itinerary (Sumerian)
Gauntlet Hair – Stills (Dead Oceans)
King Conquer – 1776 (Mediaskare)
Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go (Universal Republic)
Patrick Sweany – Close To The Floor (Nine Mile Records)
Pet Shop Boys – Electric (Kobalt)
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Lickety Split (Blue Note)
Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest (Epic)
Sarah Miles – One (Rock Ridge Music)
Soft Metals – Lenses (Captured Tracks)
Tallhart – We Are The Same (Equal Vision Records)

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Born Without Bones – Baby

Defeater – Letters Home

Mayer Hawthorne – Where Does This Door Go

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

Staff :

1. Thundercat
2. Kanye West
3. Run The Jewels
4. The…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of July 2, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves – You’re Always On My Mind (Topshelf Records)
Big Black Cloud – Black Friday (Eolian Empire)
Billy Woods – Dour Candy (Backwoodz Studioz)
Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail (Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation)
The Leisure Society – Alone Aboard The Ark (10 Spot)
Lisabi – Acts (Lisabi/Bandcamp)
Look Alive – Mistakes & Milestones (Autumn + Colour Records)
Maya Jane Coles – Comfort (I/AM/ME)
Never Shout Never – Sunflower (Loveway Records)
Owen – L’Ami Du Peuple (Polyvinyl Records)
Pretty Lights – A Color Map Of The Sun (8 Minutes And 20 Seconds Records)
Relient K – Collapsible Lung (Mono Vs. Stereo)
The SpacePimps – Eternal Boy (The SpacePimps)
Warbrain – Void Of Confusion (Resist)

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Album Streams:

Big Black Cloud – Black Friday

Look Alive – Mistakes & Milestones

Maya Jane Coles – Comfort

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

Staff :

1. Run The Jewels
2. Sigur Rós
3. Jon Hopkins
4. Freddie Gibbs
5. Deafheaven
6. Arcade Fire
7. Björk
8. Vampire Weekend
9. Wu-Tang Clan
10. Lauryn Hill

Contributors:

1. Run The Jewels
2. Boards Of Canada
3. Coldplay
4. August Burns Red
5. Sigur Rós
6. Captain, We’re Sinking
7. Autopsy
8. Slipknot
9. The National
10. Agalloch

Hey folks,

We’ve made a bunch of changes to the system:

- Tags on band pages now update every 15 minutes instead of instantly.
- ‘Third’ genres should no longer appear unless they have at least 15% of the total votes.
- Non-approved tags will no longer appear on band pages or navigation.
- Mods can now reset tags on a band profile and can and will ban people for inappropriate tags. Don’t be a tagging troll.
- Pie charts now only use the ‘top two’ genres for each band. 8 genres are displayed.

We’re in the process of implementing a loose grouping structure for the genres. For instance, clicking on a ‘major’ genre such as Rock, Metal, or Alternative will not only display content for bands with that specific tag, but also for related subtags. Functionally, the tagging system is unchanged. If a band doesn’t fit a subgenre well, just use one of the more generic tags.

Lastly, two reminders:

- Please keep in mind that the subgenre system quickly becomes unhelpful if there are too many subgenres. We’re taking our time approving new requests until we’re sure that requested tags make sense. There’s no need to request every micro-genre that you’ve seen on the internet.

- If you don’t like how a band is tagged, don’t complain — vote for what you think is most appropriate. Given the new 15% system, bad tags won’t exist eternally on a band page. In a…

Hey folks,

We’ve launched a brand new tagging system for genres. Please use this thread to report any bugs or suggestions you might have.

There will likely be a lot of volatility in the first few days as tags get updated. Please be patient throughout this process.

On July the 26th-28th, the Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island will once again play host to the annual Newport Folk Festival. A staple of both the town and the festival circuit, the Newport Folk Festival was first established in 1959 as a counterpart to the already established Newport Jazz Festival. The festival quickly gained an immense reputation and became renowned for introducing audiences to performers who would go on to become superstars in their respective fields; this is certainly the case for Joan Baez,( who first appeared in 1959 as an unannounced guest for Bob Gibson in ‘59), and Bob Dylan, who when appearing (coincidentally as a guest of Baez’s) solidified his reputation and gave, what has come to be regarded as, his premiere national performance. Over the years the festival and caliber of the performers (and their performances) has grown, and this year’s lineup seems equally qualified to raise the bar even further for the festival’s dedicated fanbase, with Feist, Beck, The Mountain Goats, Beth Orton and many more set to converge on Newport over the week. Sputnikmusic is both proud and excited to be presenting an exclusive roundup of the festival, so make sure to stay tuned to the blog over the coming days for a comprehensive account of a festival rich in history and musical culture.

For more on the Newport Folk Festival, including the full lineup and to purchase tickets, please head on over to the official site.

Here’s a…

As promised, we want to whet your collective appetite for what the site’s tagging system and band pages will potentially look like (as you know, things are subject to change, but as of now, the owner’s on pace to start rolling this out sometime in Q3!).

Click the images to enlarge.

There is a high probability that the band pages will be re-designed, but this won’t take place until the tagging system is implemented since this will be a unique (and much-welcomed) upgrade to the site.

To give it to you hard and fast (that’s what she said), I’ll briefly (emphasis on briefly) walk you through what the tagging process will look like once it’s implemented.

I was going to use Opeth as an example, but I’m so sick of people trying to change their genres to Folk / Black Metal / Power Metal, so I’ll use another Sputnik darling instead.

1. First things first: here’s what the tagging system will look like (friendly reminder: click the images to enlarge them):

You’ll note that the red tags are basically what the site currently lists as the “Primary / Secondary / Tertiary” genres.

Once the tagging system is implemented, there will be a flurry of activity to get artists the most accurate genre listings. This will be awesome.

Because of basic statistics principles, we’re not worried about bands being mislabeled, because the community as a whole will ensure accuracy over the random…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 18, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

3OH!3 – Omens (Atlantic)
Anton Zap – Water (Apollo)
Austra – Olympia (Domino Recording Co.)
Chimp Change – Type Zero Civilization (Chimp Change/Bandcamp)
Circa – HQ (Cleopatra)
Citizen – Youth (Run For Cover)
Empire Of The Sun – Ice On The Dune (Astralwerks)
Falling In Reverse – Fashionably Late (Epitaph)
Goldhouse – Back To Life (Goldhouse)
Hanson – Anthem (3CG)
Heliotropes – A Constant Sea (Manimal Vinyl Records)
Kanye West – Yeezus (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Lemuria – The Distance Is So Big (Bridge 9 Records)
Mac Miller – Watching Movies With The Sound Off (Ingrooves)
The Mantles – Long Enough To Leave (Slumberland Records)
The Masquerade – Home Is Where You Make It (The Masquerade)
Matt-U – Something About You (Nomad Records)
Midnight Faces – Fornication (Midnight Faces/Bandcamp)
The Mowgli’s – Waiting For The Dawn (Island/Def-Jam)
Primal Scream – More Light (Ingrooves)
Sigur Rós – Kveikur (XL Recordings)
Slaid Cleaves – Still Fighting The War (Music Road Records)
Stephen Kellogg – Blunderstone Rookery (Elm City)
Steve Gunn – Time Off (Paradise Bachelors)
Swindle – Long Live The Jazz (Deep Medi Muzik)
The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Whenever, If Ever (Topshelf Records)
Tunng – Turbines (Full Time Hobby)
Vacation – Candy Waves (Don

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 11, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The 88 – Fortune Teller (The 88)
Alison Moyet – The Minutes (Metropolis Records)
Andrew Stockdale – Keep Moving (Caroline/Universal)
Aoife O’Donovan – Fossils (Yep Roc Records)
Author & Punisher – Women & Children (Seventh Rule) Greg Fisher
The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack (Metal Blade)
Black Sabbath – 13 (Universal Republic)
Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp Records)
Bob Schneider – Burden Of Proof (Kirtland Records)
Boysetsfire – While A Nation Sleeps (Caroline/Universal)
Case Studies – This Is Another Life (Sacred Bones)
Children Of Bodom – Halo Of Blood (Nuclear Blast America)
Chrisette Michele – Better (Motown/Universal)
Colossus – Time & Eternal (Facedown)
Coma Cinema – Posthumous Release (Fork & Spoon Records)
Conrad Tao – Voyages (EMI Classics)
Covenant – Last Dance (Metropolis Records)
CSS – Planta (SQE Music)
Dalhous – An Ambassador For Laing (Blackest Ever Black)
Davell Crawford – My Gift To You (Basin Street Records)
Deafheaven – Sunbather (Deathwish Inc.)Eli Kleman
Dennis Callaci & Simon Joyner – New Secrets (Shrimper Records)
Disclosure – Settle (Interscope Records)
Emily’s Army – Lost At Seventeen (Rise Records)
Evile – Skull (Century Media)
Fat Tony – Smart Ass Black Boy (Young One Records)
Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live (Ghostly International)
Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic (Warner Bros.)
Harry…

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