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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 […]

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 Artist: Wall of Death Track: “Loveland” “Loveland” caught me completely off-guard.  At a glance, Wall of Death sounds like a modern day meshing of Pink Floyd’s psychedelic prowess with Coldplay’s pedestrian execution.   That synopsis is fairly accurate across the vast majority of the band’s freshly minted LP Loveland – it’s an admirable, but not groundbreaking, […]

Monday, March 7th, 2016 Artist: Karma Fields (Facebook / Twitter) Track: “Faint Echoes” (ft. Monarchy) It’s a little cliche at this point to begin a review of a track on the Monstercat label with a general broad-brush description of the label – wildly hit-or-miss music (stemming, of course, from the fact that they release at […]

Friday, March 4th, 2016 Artist: So Long Forgotten (facebook) (twitter) (bandcamp) Track: “Marahute” The irony that I’d given up on ever hearing anything new from a band named “So Long Forgotten” is not lost on me. The band’s last full-length release was issued in 2009 – nearly 7 years ago. Now, nearly 3 years after launching […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of March 4, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.  In addition, you may notice more “track of the day” posts on this site, a feature that we hope to maintain with some level of consistency in […]

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 Artist: M83 Track: “Do It, Try It” It’s the year 2016, and everyone knows of M83.  With their breakthrough record having come in 2008 with Saturdays=Youth, it has seemingly been nothing but constant ascension for this bunch, culminating in the massive double record Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.  For the first time since 2011, we’re faced […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of February 26, 2016. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Anthrax – For All Kings (Megaforce Records) — Trey Spencer Anvil – Anvil Is Anvil (Steamhammer) Black Cobra – Imperium Simulacra (Season of Mist) Bombus […]

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