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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of January 20, 2017.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the art work so that you can read about the release, see how […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] “I’ve got no right to be depressed,” whines Will Toledo on Teens of Denial‘s cerebral and prescient opener, “Fill in the Blank”. In it, he complains about nothing in particular, lamenting nothing whilst refusing to form an intelligent or […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 10. Brand New – 3 Demos, Reworked [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] There are some questions as to why 3 Demos, Reworked even exists. Was it a hastily-recorded fixer to smooth over the grumblings when LP5 was delayed once again? Or was it planned out in advance, part of a bigger […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 30. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Jimmy Eat World perhaps saw the biggest return to form of any artist this year. After three albums passed and faced mixed reception from fans and critics alike, Jim Adkins took a step back and dove into more […]


  Here’s a quick look ahead at a handful of Q1 Alt/Indie tracks that have caught my ear in advance of their respective album’s release.  If this is any indication, 2017 is going to be a vibrant year for electronically-influenced indie-pop and indie-rock, with the likes of The Flaming Lips, The xx, Dirty Projectors, and […]


Welcome back to Sputnik’s weekly news! After a short break we’re happy to be posting for the first time in 2017, on the prowl for the year’s best releases in every genre.  For each album, you’ll be able to peruse the artwork, genre(s), label information, and any existing full album streams. This is our list of […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 | EPs 50. SUMAC – What One Becomes [Bandcamp] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] With names such as Aaron Turner, Brian Cook, and Nick Yacyshyn at the helm, there’s no doubt SUMAC were born to create thunderous music. Few bands can make such a massive sound with only three members. What One Becomes sees their […]


Foreword: Hailing from Long Island, NY, The Republic of Wolves are a five-piece rock band with an aggressive edge and boundless creativity.  They’ve earned something of a cult following in the darker alt-rock scene, with their earliest releases drawing influence from acts such as Brand New and Glassjaw.  They’ve set themselves further apart with each subsequent release though, the most recent being 2013’s No Matter […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. The Dear Hunter – Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] What started as an ambitious project became a jaw-dropping odyssey that got bigger and better with each act. Undoubtedly, The Color Spectrum – and even Migrant to a certain extent – have helped expand […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Someday, when books are written about Kanye West’s career and all his artistic decisions are carved open, The Life of Pablo will come to be seen as an enduring pseudo-autobiotragedy – a modern day Station to Station or Astral […]


50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Alcest – Kodama [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] The atmosphere of Japanese folklore comes alive through Alcest’s vision in the euphoric odyssey of Kodama. While predecessor Shelter was an enjoyable diversion from what was expected, this sees Alcest once again emphasizing sweeping post-rock atmospheres colliding with intense metal soundscapes. “Je Suis D’ailleurs”, “Untouched”, […]


It’s a grand celebration!  The SMA’s are back for the third and possibly final time, and quite frankly even that’s a miracle.  But I forced myself to have time to host one more of these god forsaken best-of-Barnes & Nobles (I upgraded from buying all my CD’s at Target, bitches) and we find ourselves at […]


50 Best of 2016 From Norwegian Pop to Dad Thrash ——————————— 2016 was a pretty good year for music. Admittedly, there was nothing that I would call a classic or game changer, but there was a huge influx of albums I would still refer to as excellent or outstanding. It wasn’t just the great albums […]


As major releases slow down for 2016 and the site turns its attention towards its year-end lists, we’ve decided to compile one cumulative list for the month of December instead of going on a per-week basis.  If there are any notable releases you would like to see added to this post or reviewed by one of our […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of November 25, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. As our staff post reviews of these albums, links will appear below the art work so that you can read about the release, see how […]


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