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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Artist: The Strumbellas Track: “Spirits” Remember in 2006 when My Chemical Romance launched the single/video “Welcome To The Black Parade”, and it was so wildly over-the-top that, on some levels anyway, it actually worked?  Or way back to 1967 when The Beatles had done pretty much the same thing with Sgt. Pepper’s […]


Monday, March 21, 2016 Artist: Fracture (Facebook / Twitter) Track: “Makin’ Hype Tracks” I’m a little late on the draw with Fracture’s excellent Hype Tracks EP (out in February on Exit Records), but I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Charlie Fieber’s brand of hip-hop-inflected jungle since I discovered it a few years back. Hype Tracks continues down that road – […]


      Another week in the books, and another set of 5 songs added to the track-of-the-day vault. This week’s EP highlights the gleeful ‘Born Again Teen’, the mysterious dance vibes of ‘Consumes You’, the hypnotizing ‘Running With The Wolves’, our throwback to Alanis Morissette’s heyday via ‘Mary Jane’, and the quirky, ever so […]


Friday, March 18th, 2016 Artist: Oshwa (facebook) (twitter) (bandcamp) Track: “Old Man Skies”   Chicagoland art/math rock quartet Oshwa are finally coming around to their sophomore album I We You Me, with a yet unspecified 2016 release and I’m here to present you with a track that should get you excited for it. “Quirky” is probably the word […]


Thursday, March 17, 2016 Artist: Alanis Morissette Track: “Mary Jane” I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a ’90s Christmas, and I could feel the excitement surge through me as I dug through my stocking and yanked out my very first CD: Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill. It wasn’t long before this […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 18, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Alice on the roof – Higher (Label & Labet) Boris and Merzbow – Gensho (Relapse Records Inc.) Brett – Mode (Cascine) Causa Sui – Return […]


Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Artist: AURORA Track: “Running With the Wolves“ RIYL: Bat For Lashes, Marissa Nadler and Alexa Borden. Let’s get this out of the way first: AURORA’s music comes with a glowing endorsement from Katy Perry, but don’t let that stop you from checking this out. There’s something strange about a lot of the […]


Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 Artist: Fennec [Bandcamp] Track: “Consumes You” Fennec’s newest EP, This Place Was Once a Palace, connotes either a deeply personal loss, or a perception of the current state of house music (or, it could be both). The multifaceted house producer bridges the sounds of old-school Chicago with relatable, yet minimalistic, venting. “Consumes […]


With the first full week of the Sputnikmusic Staff’s “Track of the Day” feature in the books, I thought it would be a cool idea to, as often as possible, put together a small 5-track EP consisting of the staff selections from that week.  It’s kind of a “here’s what you missed” opportunity for those […]


Monday, March 14th, 2016 Artist: Lucius Track: “Born Again Teen” Lucius’ music plays like a never-ending sugar high.  They’re always upbeat, creating catchy and captivating songs that make you want to get up and move.  Their debut Wildewoman showcased their main strengths: the talented vocals of Berklee-educated singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, and the […]


Friday, March 11, 2016 Artist: School of Seven Bells Track: “Ablaze” When School of Seven Bells’ (and ex-Secret Machines guitarist) Benjamin Curtis died in late 2013 from T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, at the shake-your-fists-at-the-sky age of only 35, it seemed like 2012’s Ghostory would be that band’s swan song (not to mention the heartbreaking cover of […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 11, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. 3 Doors Down – Us and the Night (Republic Records) Accuser – The Forlorn Divide (Metal Blade Records) Anger as Art – Ad Mortem Festinates […]


Throwback Thursday, March 10th, 2016 Artist: Metal Church Track: “Gods of Wrath” As you’ve likely noticed, we’re trying to spice things up a bit in the staff blog lately with a handful of our writers submitting track-of-the-day blurbs detailing a song of their choosing. It’s been entertaining to see the various tastes and styles in […]


Everyone has a set of bands or musicians that they hold dearly for some reason or another.  Oftentimes, it’s not even an artist that you listen to anymore.  Time placed a wedge between whatever it was that connected you so directly to their message and the place that you currently reside in life.  It’s like losing […]


Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 Artist: Baklavaa Track: “Tampered With” Baltimore’s own Baklavaa preach the Unwounded doctrine of chaotic post-hardcore and jagged, panicky omens. “Tampered With”, a highlight from their latest effort, Dane On, is titled well. Vocalist Ted Ciafardini channels feelings of desperation and psychosis, in the midst of catchy and erratic instrumentation. It resembles someone […]


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