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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.)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of June 4th, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Anarbor – Burnout (Hopeless Records)
Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta (Masters Of Bates)
Big Deal – June Gloom (Mute)
Camera Obscura – Desire Lines (4AD Records)Rudy K.
The Caulfield Cult – Things Can Only Get Worse From Here (Rooftop Records)
City And Colour – The Hurry And The Harm (10 Spot)
Eleanor Friedberger – Personal Record (Merge Records)
Filter – The Sun Comes Out Tonight (Wind-Up)
Future Bible Heroes – Partygoing (Merge Records)
GRMLN – Empire (Carpark Records)
Houndmouth – From The Hills Below The City (Rough Trade US)
Jon Hopkins – Immunity (Domino)
Killing Joke – The Singles Collection 1979 – 2012 (10 Spot)
Liferuiner – Future Revisionists (Invogue Records)
The Maine – Forever Halloween (Big Picnic Records)
Marquis & The Vanguard – My Skinny Bones (Marquis & The Vanguard/Bandcamp)
Matthew Morrison – Where It All Began (222 Records)
Megadeth – Super Collider (UMe)
Messenger Down – The Gentleman’s Guide To Keeping Away From People Like You (Messenger Down/Bandcamp)
Portugal. The Man – Evil Friends (Atlantic)
Quadron – Avalanche (Epic)
Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork (Matador Records)Hernan M. Campbell
Rogue Wave – Nightingale Floors (Vagrant Records)
Shoot The Girl First – Follow The Clouds (Artery Records)
Sleeping With Sirens – Feel (Rise Records)

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 28, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks – How Far Away (Woodsist)
Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Virgin Commercial Marketing/Universal)
Anvil – Hope In Hell (The End Records)
ASG – Blood Drive (Relapse)Greg Fisher
Baths – Obsidian (Anticon)Jacob Royal
Black Star Riders – All Hell Breaks Loose (Nuclear Blast)
Black Sun Empire – From The Shadows: Remixed (Black Sun Empire)
Blue-Eyed Son – Shadows On The Son (Eenie Meenie Records)
Brazos – Saltwater (Dead Oceans)
Cinema Sleep – Truth For The Seeker (Standby Records)
Cloud Boat – Book Of Hours (Redeye)
CocoRosie – Tales Of A Grasswidow (Transistor Recording)
Crystal Fighters – Cave Rave (Atlantic)
Dark Tranquility – Construct (Century Media)Kyle Ward
Dew-Scented – Insurgent (Prosthetic Records)
The-Dream – IV Play (Island/Def-Jam)
Eisley – Currents (12th Street Records)
Free Time – Free Time (Underwater Peoples Records)
Haraball – Sleep Tall (Fysisk Format)
Hooded Fang – Gravez (Full Time Hobby)
Imaginary Cities – Fall Of Romance (WEA)
John Fogerty – Wrote A Song For Everyone (Vanguard Records)
Kermit Ruffins – We Partyin’ Traditional Style! (Basin Street Records)
Kylesa – Ultraviolet (Season Of Mist)
Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle (Ribbon Records)
Man Overboard – Heart Attack (Rise Records)
Mike Marlin – Grand Reveal (All

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 21, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

30 Seconds To Mars – Love, Lust, Faith + Dreams (Virgin/Universal)
Alpine – A Is For Alpine (Votiv)
Amos Slade – Hungry Earth (Sodak Media Group)
Baptist Generals – Jackleg Devotional To The Heart (Sub Pop)
Christopher Paul Stelling – False Cities (Christopher Paul Stelling)
Club 8 – Above The City (Labrador/Universal)
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Columbia)
Darius Rucker – True Believers (10 Spot)
Dead Gaze – Dead Gaze (Fat Cat Records)
Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love Is The Devil (1-2-3-4-GO!)
Extrema – The Seed Of Foolishness (Scarlet Records)
FACT – Burundanga (Good Fight Music)
French Montana – Excise My French (Interscope Records)
The Front Bottoms – Talon Of The Hawk (Bar None Records)
Have Mercy – The Earth Pushed Back (Topshelf Records/Universal)
Japanther – Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart (Recess Records)
The Joy Of Painting – Tender Age (South Division Records)
Linda Draper – Edgewise (Linda Draper)
LVMRKS – Pale Fairytale (LVMRKS Records)
Majical Cloudz – Impersonator (Matador Records)
Man Or Astro-Man? – Defcon 5…4…3…2…1  (Warm Electronic Recordings)
The National – Trouble Will Find Me (4AD Records)
NK – Nothing To Be Gained Here (Triple Crown Records)
Palisades – Outcasts (Rise Records)
Radiation City – Animals In The Median (Tender Loving Empire)
Red Hare – Nites Of Midnite (Dischord Records)
Saturday Looks Good To…

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 14, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Abramson Singers – Late Riser (Copperspine Records)
Adult. – The Way Things Fall (Ghostly International)
Agnetha Fältsko – A (Verve)
Amy Grant – How Mercy Looks From Here (Amy Grant Productions/Sparrow Records)
Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy (Redeye)
Andy Cato – Times & Places (Redeye)
Army Of The Universe – The Hipster Sacrifice (Metropolis Records)
Beams – Just Rivers (Beams)
Benga – Chapter 2 (Sony UK)
Bibio – Silver Wilkinson (Warp)
The Blank Tapes – Vacation (Antenna Farm)
Bobby McFerrin – Spirityouall (Sony Masterworks)
Calibre – Spill (Signature)
Candace Bellamy – In My Lane (Candace Bellamy)
Captain, We’re Sinking – The Future Is Cancelled (Run For Cover)
Deep Purple – Now What?! (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
Demi Lovato – Demi (Hollywood Records)
The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer (101 Distribution)Jacob Royal
Dungeonesse – Dungeonesse (Secretly Canadian)
Eluvium – Nightmare Ending (Temporary Residence)
Eve – Lip Lock (From The Rib Music)
Extinction Protocol – Aeonic Obliteration (P2)
George Strait – Love Is Everything (MCA Nashville)
Gold & Youth – Beyond Wilderness (Arts & Crafts)
Heart In Hand – Almost There (Siege Of Amida)
Immolation – Kingdom Of Conspiracy (Nuclear Blast)
John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts (Partisan Records)
Kisses – Kids In L.A. (Cascine)
Koji – Crooked In My Mind (Run

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 7, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

98 Degrees – 2.0 (Entertainment One)
AM & Shawn Lee – La Musique Numerique (Park The Van)
Ann Pragg – Bitter Fruit (Wonderland Archives)
Banquets – Banquets (Black Numbers)
Bob Oxblood – Oxblood (Bob Oxblood)
Boxer/Eyes Wide – Split (Reveille Records)
Bracher Brown – Broken Glass And Railroad Tracks (Rock Ridge Music)
The Child Of Lov – The Child Of Lov (Domino)
Co La – Moody Coup (Software)
Courtney Jaye – Love And Forgiveness (1-2-3-4-GO!)
Dead Silence Hides My Cries – The Symphony Of Hope (Artery Recordings)
Deerhunter – Monomania (4AD Records)Hernan M. Campbell
Destroid – The Invasion (Rottun Records)
Devour The Day – Time & Pressure (CD Baby)
Eksi Ekso – Archfiend (Retroversal)
First & Thorne – Left Of Center (FATindie Records)
Fitz & The Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream (Elektra)
Fokuz Recordings – Fifty Five (Fokuz Recordings)
Grenades – Heaven Is Empty (Red Cobra Records)
Grime – Deteriorate (Forcefield Records)
The Hussy – Pagan Hiss (Southpaw)
Jim Guthrie – Takes Time (Static Clang)
Joe Satriani – Unstoppable Momentum (Epic/RED)
Joshua Radin – Wax Wings (Glass Bead Music)
Karl Hyde – Edgeland (UMe)
Lady Antebellum – Golden (Capitol Nashville/Universal)
Little Boots – Nocturnes (Kobalt)
Michael Feuerstack – Tambourine Death Bed (Forward Music Group)
Mikal Cronin – MCII (Merge Records)
Mother Falcon –…

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

!!! [Chik Chik Chik] – THR!!!ER  (Warp Records)
Adelaine – Currents (Mosaic Artistry Group)
Adventure – Weird Work (Carpark Records)
The Airborne Toxic Event – Such Hot Blood (Island)
Akron/Family – Sub Verses (Dead Oceans)
Alessi’s Ark – The Still Life (Bella Union)
Alice Russell – To Dust  (Tru Thoughts)
Amorphis – Circle (Nuclear Blast America)
Ark Of The Covenant – Self Harvest (Facedown)
Beacon – The Ways We Separate (Ghostly International)
Big Black Delta – Big Black Delta (Masters Of Bates)
Big Country – The Journey (MRI Associated)
The Body – Master, We Perish (At A Loss)
Bring Me The Horizon – Sempiternal (Epitaph)
Buckeye Knoll – Lovecreek (Up On A Hill)
Cathedral – The Last Spire (Metal Blade)
Cayucas – Bigfoot (Secretly Canadian)
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Pardon My French (Fearless Records)
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3 (Constellation)
Coliseum – Sister Faith (Temporary Residence) – Greg Fisher
Daughter – If You Leave (Glassnote)
Daylight – Jar (Run For Cover)
The Earth And Everything In It – We Wander At Night (Minerald Sound Recordings)
Famous Last Words – Two-Faced Charade (Invogue Records)
Guided By Voices – English Little League (Guided By Voices)
Hanni El Khatib – Head In The Dirt (Innovative Leisure)
Heaven Shall Burn – Veto (Century Media)

Sputnik Music, in conjunction with Finch, is currently giving away two tickets to their New York City concert on Wednesday March 13th. Check out the contest page and make a submission. Contest ends March 12th.

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 5, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

Autechre – Exai (Warp Records)
Ashley Monroe – Like a Rose (Warner Bros.)
Blue hawaii – untogether (Alternative Distribution Alliance)
Boz Scaggs – Memphis (429 Records)
Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In (ATO RECORDS)
The Cave Singers – Naomi (Jagjaguwar)
Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving (Matador Records)
Cloud Cult – Love (Rebel Group)
The Demigodz – Killmatic (Dirty Version Record)
Enforcer – Death By Fire (Nuclear Blast)
Hatchet – Dawn Of The End (The End Records)
Hiromi – Move (Telarc)
Hollis Brown – Ride On The Train (Alive Records)
How To Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion (Columbia)
Jason Graves – Tomb Raider – Original Soundtrack (Sumthing Else Music Works)
Javelin – Hi Beams (Luaka Bop)
Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell & Angels (Legacy)
Josh Ritter – Beast in Its Tracks (Pytheas Recordings)
Kate Nash – Girl Talk (INGROOVES)
Kvelertak – Meir (Roadrunner Records)
Krokus – Dirty Dynamite (The End Records)
Madeleine Peyroux – The Blue Room (Decca)
Making Movies – A La Deriva (Independent)
The Men – New Moon (Sacred Bones) – Adam Downer
Mishka – Ocean Is…

Finch has re-united in order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album What it is to Burn. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a ticket to the Irving Plaza date you’re out of luck because it is sold out. Fortunately, there are still tickets available for the March 13th show at the Gramercy Theatre in New York and Sputnik Music has two to give away.

In order to win these tickets just e-mail us at sputnikreviews at gmail dot com and tell us which of Finch’s full length albums you like more and why. Make sure the e-mail subject is Finch Contest. In case you can’t remember, they are What it is to Burn and Say Hello to Sunshine. It’s a tough choice, so you have until Tuesday March 12th to let us know. The show is 16 years and up unless you opt to bring a parent with you. So, be the coolest 14 year old to ever take their mom to a Finch concert — just don’t be surprised if you leave the show alone (we all know your mom).

You can also buy your tickets here for $28.00 plus fees. The show will begin at 7:00 pm and will also include The Almost, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

Tickets: http://concerts.livenation.com/


Congratulations to our newest contributors and staff. Go to their shoutboxes and let them know how happy you are for them.

Our news has been a little off-and-on lately so here’s a list of major new releases beginning February 18, 2013 and running through March 1, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

February 18
Fractal Gates – Beyond the Self
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away (Kobalt)

February 19
Anders & Kendall – Wild Chorus (Nine Mile Records)
Atlas Genius – When It Was Now (Warner Bros.)
Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth (Captured Tracks) – Cam
Boil – aXiom (ViciSolum Productions) – Greg Fisher
Bobby Long – Wishbone (Ato Records)
Buckcherry – Confessions (Century Media)
Dark New Day – Hail Mary (Pavement Ent)
Devourment – Conceived in Sewage (Relapse)
Eat Skull – III (1-2-3-4-GO!)
Giles Corey – Hinterkaifeck (Enemies List Home Recordings)
Iceage – You’re Nothing (Matador Records) – Adam Downer
Jamie Lidell – Jamie Lidell (Warp Records)
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet – In A World Of Mallets (Basin Street)
Krypts – Unending Degradation (Dark Descent Records) – Kyle Ward
Mark Kozelek – Like Rats (Caldo Verde)
Mark Kozelek – Live at Phoenix Public House Melbourne (Caldo Verde)
Matmos – The Marriage Of True Minds (Thrill Jockey)

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