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Living in the sub-tropics means that spring comes both early and ends quickly. Not two weeks ago we missed 5 days of university because of snow (admittedly it was kind of a fluke) and now for the past few days the weather has been dominated by mid-70’s temperatures and a lot of sun. Pretty soon […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 11, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 311 – Stereolythic (311 Records) Aloe Blacc – Lift Your Spirit (Interscope Records) Angel Vivaldi – Away With Words – Part I (Indiegogo/Big Cartel) Architects […]


Have you ever been nervous before a gig that you have attended? Sure, there’s always some nervous energy, or even some nervous form of excitement if you’re looking forward to the act(s)… But I’m talking genuine nerves here. Because it happened to me for the first time a week or so back. New York funk-metal […]


So, last week I had the fortune of talking to one of my absolute favourite musicians, Paul Masvidal of Cynic. Cynic is a band that needs no introduction among the metal and progressive rock communities, having released two highly influential and respected albums that amalgamated both genres into a unique sound that has aged like […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 3, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Arthur Beatrice – Working Out (Harvest Music) Ashanti – Braveheart (Written Entertainment/eOne Music) Axxa/Abraxas – Axxa/Abraxas (Captured Tracks) Bart Davenport – Physical World (Lovemonk) Bruised […]


I was playing pub trivia earlier this week with some friends, and one of the rounds was “Disney by Decade”. I knew this was coming because the ultra-shitty hostess was playing “A Whole New World” and “Part of Your World” and probably some other songs with “World” in them (perhaps “Two Worlds” was played, but […]


One of the most difficult things about becoming an emeritus of sputnik is discovering amazing new artists and lacking any time whatsoever to communicate that interest to others who care about music. Since “graduating” from sputnik, or “becoming part of the force” (or whatever silly analogy makes sense to you), music has become an increasingly […]


Following a record that set out an impressive stall isn’t easy. Late Love was an invigorating debut that saw Oslo-based Wolves Like Us delving into dark post-hardcore with massive riffs, angular melodies and commendable tightness. It effectively revived the spirit of such acclaimed 1990s collectives as Quicksand and Drive Like Jehu, ditching the trends that […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 25, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Barzin – To Live Alone In That Long Summer (Monotreme Records) Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol/Universal) – Rudy K. Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt (Kanine Records) […]


“Friends,” said I, “what song, if any, might make you stop mid-coitus because the mood was so irreparably damaged?” Several comments later, we had this hot new track from Adam Corey Thomas.


Here’s my interview with Henry Upton, the bassist for Maryland-based Lionize whose phenomenal new album Jetpack Soundtrack dropped on February 18th. I’m of the opinion that people from many musical backgrounds can embrace your music as you combine so many styles. How would you describe your sound? Who do you think your target audience is? […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 18, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar) Ashley Riley – All The Pretty Things (Riled Up Records) Bayside – Cult (Hopless Records) […]


The other day, I stumbled upon a most brilliant piece of satire: The Chainsmokers’ new single “#SELFIE (out now on typically straight-faced Dim Mak Records). Every single element of the track scoffs at what we’ve taken to be the norm nowadays in the #PLUR region of the musical map, and it does so exquisitely. The […]


We all need feedback. Sure, the more you write, the more you understand what not to do- but the best approach to take with writing can sometimes be an elusive thing. In helping me with my Of Montreal review a couple years back, our dear Rudy pointed out that I used the word “frothy” in […]


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 11, 2014. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Abandon All Ships – Malocchio (Rise Records) – DaveyBoy Aesthetic Perfection – ‘Til Death (Metropolis Records) Band Of Horses – Acoustic At The Ryman (Brown […]


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