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1. Clutch – The Face (taken from Earth Rocker) 2. KEN mode – The Terror Pulse (taken from Entrench) 3. Coliseum – Black Magic Punks (taken from Sister Faith) 4. Blaak Heat Shujaa – Pelham Blue (taken from The Edge Of An Era) 5. Loading Data – So High (taken from Double Disco Animal Style) […]


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of April 30, 2013. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. !!! [Chik Chik Chik] – THR!!!ER  (Warp Records) Adelaine – Currents (Mosaic Artistry Group) Adventure – Weird Work (Carpark Records) The Airborne Toxic Event – […]


Colin Stetson is one of those rare musicians who successfully creates harmony from discord. In each of his New History Warfare albums, he constructs via saxophone, if only to deconstruct, to tear down the walls of sound from around him and to arrange them in a strangely beautiful manner. And New History Warfare III: To […]


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Australia’s black/death/industrial metallers The Amenta released their third studio album, titled Flesh Is Heir, on March 22. In celebration of them releasing their third record in 13 years, I had a little chat with the driving force behind the group, Timothy Pope (lyrics, samples, programming). Even though he describes himself as an arrogant bastard, Tim’s […]


You recently wrapped up your first ever acoustic tour. How did playing those shows compare to playing with your full band? It was a much more intimate experience and in some ways a greater challenge, but I enjoyed the connection with people at the shows. How was being on the road without the rest of […]


The French trio Blaak Heat Shujaa certainly know how to capture the laid-back vibe of California on their new full-length The Edge Of An Era (Tee Pee). The band delivers psychedelic desert rock that’s equally indebted to the Eastern mysticism of Om and the groove-laden jamming of Kyuss. After all, the record was produced by […]


Moombahton. First off, it’s an actual genre. Second off, when it’s done, damn is it done well. It’s hard to put into words exactly what moombahton is, but here goes: around 108 BPM, an off-shoot of electro, and as Dillon Francis puts it, “music to fuck to.” Take that how you will. But “Que Que” […]


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I’m curious if the musician behind the Trash McSweeney alias dissociates from reality whenever he morphs into his idiosyncratic performer’s role. Or, from a different point of view, whether or not the McSweeney persona is actually a commune of fragmented, detached personalities it has encountered over its lifespan and subsequently absorbed into some scattered, diffused […]


Sputnik’s Q1 Mixtape Welcome to Sputnik’s first Infinite Playlist of 2013! For those of you who don’t know, this is one of the site’s best resources for discovering the best recent music from a selection of genres, as chosen by both users and staff alike. Every quarter, a new issue is published bringing you some […]


I’m beginning to think that I have some sort of affinity with bands from Louisiana. Just two years ago, I awarded my album of the year to little known indie-pop outfit Givers and their debut LP ‘In Light’. While that feat won’t be achieved in 2013 by the quintet I’m about to introduce you to, […]


Double Disco Animal Style has completely taken me by surprise. Practically unknown Paris-based Loading Data teamed up with renowned producer Alain Johannes only to churn out one of the most distinctive desert rock releases of the last couple of years. It’s supremely produced, groove-laden heavy rock that just reeks of unadulterated fun. That’s why, I’ve […]


Photo courtesy of Coachella “I feel like I’m going to go home and throw up a sandbox for my small child,” Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis cracked near the beginning of his band’s closing set Sunday night. At this point the sand was less of a nuisance and more an actual hazard, whipping […]


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For the first time in my years attending Coachella – whether it’s because Sputnik is finally ascending to the big leagues or the organizers were annoyed at my yearly badgering – I was granted a media pass. This is not as cool as it initially sounds – i.e., I can’t go backstage or to the […]


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So four years and four Coachellas later for me, and you’d think the desert festival had lost the capacity to surprise. Indeed, the checklist for a Coachella Weekend goes something like this: Up-and-coming indie band makes good on their promise via rousing early afternoon set that ensures double the audience for next weekend; sunburns will […]


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Finntroll: Blodsvept Interview

Renowned Finnish folk/black metallers Finntroll released their sixth studio album Blodsvept on March 25th (April 2nd in North America) via Century Media. It is, unsurprisingly, yet another slab of fun folky metal mania – a no frills, undecorated piece that reduces the band’s sound to its most natural form in a very successful manner. Both […]


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