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Sunday is when the choices really start to gnaw at you. Choices like: “do I really need to wake up in time to see Surfer Blood at their surprisingly early Outdoor Stage time,” (no) or; “will this beer bong really help me reach my goal of not being utterly exhausted as I leave for the […]


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The worst part about Coachella 2013 was easily the dust storm that turned Sunday into a set piece from the Depression and choked the life and easy visibility out of a struggling Red Hot Chili Peppers closing set. 2014’s storm wasn’t nearly as bad; for the most part, walking around during the day Saturday felt […]


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It wasn’t the shift to two weekends that convinced me, nor was it the prevalence of EDM as a driving force in lineup selections. It wasn’t the 2012 rainstorm, the first in Coachella history, or the 2013 sandstorm, or the (slightly more tolerable) wind and dust that marred this past Saturday. It wasn’t even the […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 15, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast (Sub Pop) Amps For Christ – Canyons Cars And Crows (Shrimper Records) August Alsina – Testimony (Island/Def-Jam) […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 8, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House (Domino Recording Company) Black Label Society – Catacombs Of The Black Vatican (Entertainment One) Chuck Inglish […]


It’s been a busy year for Comeback Kid. The Toronto-by-way-of-Winnipeg based hardcore act have released their fifth LP Die Knowing and are currently in the opening months of a year of touring that will carry them around the world. Before their set at Rock City Studios in Camarillo, California, I had that chance to talk […]


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As the champion of Malaysian Flight Simulator, I have a keen understanding of how music can fall off my proverbial radar undetected. To protect you from having the same fate, we’ve collaborated on delivering to you some first-quarter artist and album highlights from our personal highlight reels. From the avant-garde and the macabre to the […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 1, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Austrian Death Machine – Triple Brutal (Artery Recordings) Band Of Skulls – Himalayan (+180 Records) The Body – I Shall Die Here (Revenge International) Chevelle […]


I recognize that there are exceptions to every rule, but parody songs tend to bastardize the original source material beyond the point of recognition. This isn’t the case for Freddy Scott‘s tribute to one of his purported musical heroes, Trent Reznor. Imagination and imitation may very well be the sincerest forms of flattery. As angry […]


With a little more than a month left until Finnish melodic death metal giants Insomnium release their highly anticipated, sixth full-length offering to the world, Sputnikmusic got an exclusive chance to peak behind the covers a bit, as Ville Friman, the band’s guitarist, sat down with me to discuss all things Insomnium. The following interview […]


The first time I saw GWAR I was 18 years old. It was the summer of 2005 and the band were slotted for an hour long, 5 o’clock spot at the Sounds of the Underground festival. I had no idea what I was in for. All I knew was the lore that surrounded their live […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 25, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion (Sumerian) – Thompson D. Gerhart Asia – Gravitas (Frontiers Records/Universal) The Bad Plus – The Rite Of […]


Steve Von Till – “Black Crow Blues” There are few better storytellers in music than the late Townes Van Zandt, and few more overlooked, which is why it’s exciting to see more contemporary artists celebrate his timeless music as on the 2012 tribute album, Songs of Townes Van Zandt, featuring Steve Von Vill and Scott […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 18, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow (Vice Music) The Coathangers – Suck My Shirt (Suicide Squeeze) Dead Rider – Chills On Glass (Drag City) Earth […]


Elitism is part of being human. There is literally no way to escape from the fact that people are constantly, perpetually looking down on others for reasons that have little practical merit while simultaneously holding themselves above others using reasons that are equally hollow. It’s the ever-pressing desire to distinguish oneself from those around them; […]


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