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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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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.


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