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Here’s a sampling of June 14th, 2024 new releases. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors; or, let the people know what else should be on the community’s radar this week.

– List of Releases: June 14th, 2024 –


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$uicideboy$ – New World Depression
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label: G59 Records


Bad Breeding – Contempt
Genre: Noise Rock/Hardcore/Post-Punk
Label: One Little Independent Records

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Black Country Communion – V
Genre: Hard Rock/Blues
Label: Mascot Label Group



Bored At My Grandmas House – Show & Tell
Genre: Bedroom Pop/Shoegaze
Label: Clue Records



Crypt Sermon– The Stygian Rose
Genre: Doom/Heavy Metal
Label: Dark Descent



The Decemberists – As It Ever Was, So It Will Be Again
Genre: Indie Rock/Folk
Label: YABB Records



The Early November – The Early November
Genre: Emo/Alt-Rock
Label: Pure Noise Records



Eivør – Enn
Genre: Folk/Art Pop/Experimental
Label: Season of Mist



Fax Gang and Parannoul – Scattersun
Genre: Hip-Hop/Electronic
Label: Topshelf Records



Fellwarden – Legend: Forged in Defiance
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Label: Napalm Records

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Fu Manchu – The Return to Tomorrow
Genre: Stoner/Desert Rock
Label: At the Dojo Records



Isobel Campbell – Bow To Love
Genre: Singer-Songwriter/Alternative
Label: Cooking Vinyl

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Jelani Aryeh – The Sweater Club
Genre: R&B/Indie
Label: Imperial

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John Cale – Poptical Illusion
Genre: Rock/Pop/Experimental
Label: Domino



John Grant – The Art of the Lie
Genre: Indie…


Here’s a sampling of June 7th, 2024 new releases. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors; or, let the people know what else should be on the community’s radar this week.

– List of Releases: June 7th, 2024 –

Actress – Statik
Genre: Ambient / IDM
Label: Smalltown Supersound

Alfie Templeman – Radiosoul
Genre: Dance-Pop / Synth Funk
Label: Chess Club

All Under Heaven – What Lies Ahead of Me
Genre: Shoegaze / Alternative
Label: Sunday Drive

Apocalyptica – Plays Metallica Vol. 2
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Label: Napalm / BMG

AURORA – What Happened to the Heart?
Genre: Alt-Pop / Synthpop
Label: Decca

Bon Jovi – Forever
Genre: Pop Rock / Heartland Rock
Label: Island

Bonny Light Horseman – “Keep Me on Your Mind/See You Free”
Genre: Americana / Contemporary Folk
Label: Jagjaguwar

Candy (USA) – It’s Inside You
Genre: Metalcore / Electro-Industrial
Label: Relapse

Charli XCX – BRAT
Genre: Electropop / Bubblegum Bass

KILL or KEEP Vol.14

Porcupine Tree – In Absentia

If there has ever been an, uh-huh, point to the KILL or KEEP series, odds are it’s been to dip into controversies still simmering, tracklists still disorganised, arguments still raging, and offer some passing aggregated opinionated stab at a Decisive Verdict – and if not a firm verdict on this/that/the other should-should-not be here, then at least a decisive snapshot of an argument still ongoing elsewhere in the world and (one hopes) interesting enough to be worth snapping to begin with.

This band/album/songwriter package has absolutely none of those. Nobody argues about Steven Wilson and the Porcupine Trees anymore. Everyone has chosen sides. The received wisdom of how much to listen to it if inclined (sparingly but intently) or if not (not at all, or else psychedelic ’90s years only!) is very received. The man’s music does not have the charm to sway indecisives – you either take it on his terms, or not at all. We all know what this means with prog rock. In Absentia was Wilson’s first metal album and has one of his stupidest concepts (I think we can all rejoice that auteurs tend no longer to mistake serial killer narratives as a cheap supplement for artistic clout). Here are thoughts.

In Absentia


The starting team was johnnyoftheWell, Koris and TVC.

Gatecrashers were welcome to this KILL or KEEP and we


Here’s a list of new releases for the week of May 31st, 2024.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: May 31, 2024 –

Anna Tivel

Anna Tivel: Living Thing
Genre: Indie Folk
Label: Fluff and Gravy Records

Night Reign

Arooj Aftab: Night Reign
Genre: Folk/Jazz
Label: Verve Label Group

Ayra Starr

Ayra Starr: The Year I Turned 21
Genre: R&B/Soul
Label: Mavin Global Goldings

The Dream of Delphi

Bat for Lashes: The Dream of Delphi
Genre: Indie Pop/Folk
Label: Mercury KX

Crowded House

Crowded House: Gravity Stairs
Genre: Pop/Rock
Label: Lester Records

Four Stroke Baron

Four Stroke Baron: Data Diamond
Genre: Progressive Rock/Metal
Label: Prosthetic Records

Half Waif

Half Waif: Ephemeral Being
Genre: Indie Pop
Label: Anti

IDAHO: Lapse
Genre: Slowcore / Indie Rock
Label: Arts & Crafts

King Hannah

King Hannah: Big Swimmer
Genre: Ambient/Shoegaze
Label: City Slang


The Marias: Submarine
Genre: Indie/Dream Pop
Label: Atlantic

Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke: Chaos Angel
Genre: Indie-Pop/Folk
Label: Mom+Pop

Hello everyone! Checking in to report that everything seems fine and fully operational, but please feel free to let us know in the forums if you notice any problems and I’ll get someone to take a look. Your call is very important to us. Please stay on the line, and your call will be answered in the order it was received. In the meantime, below is a list of some new releases for May 24th, 2024. Please feel free to request reviews from staff or contributors.

– List of Releases: May 24th, 2024 –

Abysm – Shadow of Malevolence
Genre: Blackened Thrash Metal / Melodic Death Metal
Label: [self-released]

Andrew Bird – Sunday Morning Put-On
Genre: Standards / Vocal Jazz
Label: Loma Vista

Astrid S – Joyride
Genre: Electropop / Alt-Pop
Label: Universal / Island

Bass Communion – The Itself of Itself
Genre: Musique Concrete / Noise / Ambient Drone
Label: Lumberton Trading Company

Bess Atwell – Light Sleeper
Genre: Indie Folk / Dream Pop
Label: Real Kind

Bring Me The Horizon – POST HUMAN: NeX GEn
Genre: Emo-Pop / Alternative Metal / Hyperpop
Label: Sony / RCA


Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of May 17th, 2024.  Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: May 17, 2024 –

Ani DiFranco: Unpresedented Sh!t
Indie Folk
Label: Righteous Babe

The Avett Brothers: The Avett Brothers
Americana / Folk
Label: American Recordings

Billie Eilish: Hit Me Hard and Soft
Pop / Indie Pop
Label: Interscope

Botanist: Paleobotany
Experimental Black Metal
Label: Prophecy Productions

Cage the Elephant: Neon Pill
Alternative Rock
Label: Sony Music

Celestial Season: Mysterium III
Label: Independent

Elvellon: Ascending in Synergy
Power Metal
Label: Napalm Records

From Indian Lakes: Head Void
Indie Rock / Dream Pop
Label: Independent

Gatecreeper: Dark Superstition
Doom/Death Metal/Hardcore
Label: Relapse Records

Jamey Jasta: … And Jasta for All
Label: Perseverance Media

Jinjer: Live in Los Angeles
Metalcore / Progressive

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In Vain-Solemn

To put it simply, In Vain’s newest album Solemn is a near masterpiece. It’s an absolutely seamless blend of epic and natural sounding progressive death metal and devilish black metal passages. People talk about albums sounding epic, but Solemn is the epitome of that very word. The way that these guys effortlessly float between these different subgenres not only showcases a cohesive unit firing on all cylinders, but also goes to show the amount of time and effort they put into the album. Solemn is an extreme metal opera that may ultimately go down as one of the best of the decade. Do not miss out!



Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between: welcome back to Weekly Releases! Below is a list of notable new releases set to premiere on May 10th, 2024. It’s quite a jam-packed and genre-bending list, so feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors. Cheers!

– List of Releases: May 10th, 2024 –


A. G. Cook – Britpop
Genre: Electronic / Experimental
Label: New Alias


Amen Dunes – Death Jokes
Genre: Alternative / Folk / Singer-Songwriter
Label: Sub Pop


Amy O – Mirror, Reflect
Alternative / Indie Pop Rock
Label: Tower Records


Anette Olzon – Rapture
Power Metal / Symphonic Metal
Label: Frontiers Records


Angus & Julia Stone – Cape Forestier
Folk Rock / Indie Pop / Americana
Label: Sony


Arab Strap – I’m Totally Fine with It  Don’t Give a Fuck Anymore 
Indie Rock / Slowcore
Label: Rock Action


Bibi Club – Feu de garde
Indie Pop
Label: Secret City Records


Bossk – .4
Post-metal / Sludge Metal
Label: Deathwish


Hip-Hop / Grime
Label: Ill Gotten Records


Conway the Machine – Slant Face Killah
Label: Drumwork


Hair’sa leest of new releezas per May 3rd, 2024. Dalee probly besa otha albums in da commentens from da frendly Ewoks. Informateonesa most gud geesas beeza Googlen en besa berry accuraten. Pleasen feel free to requesten reviews per any of da followen albums from da staff en/or da contribudas. May da 4th besa wit yousa. Leeven longo en prospa!

– List of Releases: May 3rd, 2024 –

Adeem the Artist – Anniversary
Genre: Americana / Alt-Country
Label: Thirty Tigers

Agriculture – Living is Easy (EP)
Genre: Blackgaze / “Ecstatic Black Metal”
Label: The Flenser

American Culture – Hey Brother, It’s Been a While
Genre: Post-Punk / Indie Rock
Label: Convulse

Aquilus – Bellum II
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal / Dark Folk
Label: Northern Silence

As the Sun Falls – Kaamos
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Label: Theogonia

Better Than Ezra – Super Magick
Genre: Alternative Rock / Pop Rock
Label: Round Hill

Broadcast – Spell Blanket: Collected Demos 2006-2009
Genre: Indietronica / Psychedelic Folk
Label: Warp

Brume – Marten
Genre: Doom Metal /…


Frail Body-Artificial Bouquet

To put it simply, Frail Body’s Artificial Bouquet is an immense record. From the clear influences of Converge and Deafheaven being found in almost all corners of the band’s sound, it is obvious that this was going to be the case. The band plays their strongest hand all the time – their seemingly innate ability to arrive at the needed potency for each moment. The riffs feel like an explosion for each harsh, dissonant chord that is attacked, and the visceral vocals manage to add even more intensity to the overall composition. However, this abrasive soundscape isn’t the band’s only trick. Before the album’s most effective crescendos, the band tones it down to rather lush soundscapes. While they may not last long, they do maximise the catharsis of these crescendos to their fullest potential. In its essence, Artificial Bouquet’s main goal is to be an emotional catharsis for both the band members and the listeners. They without a doubt achieved this goal, making for an absolutely monstrous 41 minutes of raw, honest chaos.



Some hard jams that promise to bring back the rock will be released on April 26th, 2024. Soft jellies will probably be in the comments. Being unbanned this whole time but posting on alts is a long game I did not know I was still playing, but I had to promise not to spam my meme conspiracy-laden YouTube channel in every thread or else my wings will get clipped 4real this time (lists are fine even though I have over 700). Come get ya boi so that I might behave for at least 15 minutes!!!!! Maybe I will sell one of my alts. Texan has wares if you have coin. You can request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors if they’re not too busy jamming hard or hardly jamming.

– List of Releases: April 26th, 2024 –

Accept – Humanoid
Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Napalm

Adult Jazz – So Sorry So Slow
Genre: Art Pop
Label: Spare Thought

Alien Ant Farm – Mantras
Genre: Alternative Rock / Post-Grunge
Label: MRI

Black Tusk – The Way Forward
Genre: Sludge Metal
Label: Season of Mist

Bullion – Affection
Genre: Dream Pop / Avant-Pop
Label: Ghostly International

Revisit other SputStaff Top 10 Lists:

Bjork | Bon Iver | Chelsea WolfeKanye West | Metallica | Mastodon 

mewithoutYou |  My Chemical Romance Queens of the Stone Age | The National 

 Say Anything | Swans | Taylor Swift | Tim Hecker | Thrice

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To the average music enjoyer, the phrase “I really like Yellowcard” is fairly meaningless. At worst, it’s even slightly embarrassing – yeah, Ocean Avenue was pretty cool, but dude, you just admitted to liking pop punk, yikes. However, to the average Yellowcard enjoyer, the phrase “I really like Yellowcard” means so much more: it’s the kind of iykyk that conveys being in on the band’s quality beyond the two-ish hits from 2003. You appreciate the beauty of “Keeper”s chorus, you know “Life of Leaving Home” by heart, hell, you’ll even admit being aware of how excellently “Fragile and Dear” soars. Long story short, it’s hard to be a casual Yellowcard fan.

Above all, however, Yellowcard has meant many different things to many different people – a sentiment that would be horrifically corny and generic if it weren’t so crucially embedded in the shared experience of enjoying their music. Everyone has different memories intrinsically tied to different records – a testament to the band’s consistency both in terms of quality and ability to connect with their ageing audience. Now, a slice of this old, tired audience have combined their forces to decide on Yellowcard’s ten finest cuts. It’s you and me and one spotlight on the…


Here’s a list of notable new releases set to premiere on April 19th, 2024. Inevitably, there will be other new releases in the comments. Bless. Genres/labels are best guesses based on cursory Googling and should not be taken seriously. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff and/or contributors.

– List of Releases: April 19th, 2024 –

A Certain Ratio – It All Comes Down to This
Genre: Funk Rock / Dance-Punk
Label: Mute

Anne Wilson – REBEL
Genre: Country Pop / Contemporary Country
Label: Sparrow

BIG|BRAVE – A Chaos of Flowers
Genre: Drone Metal / Doomgaze
Label: Thrill Jockey

Blaze of Perdition – Upharsin
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Metal Blade

Bongripper – Empty
Genre: Doom Metal / Sludge Metal
Label: Burning World

Brian Eno – Eno (Film Soundtrack)
Genre: Ambient Pop / Neo-Psychedelica
Label: Universal

Cadence Weapon – Rollercoaster
Genre: Experimental Hip-Hop / Future Garage
Label: MNRK

claire rousay – sentiment
Genre: Slowcore / Ambient Pop
Label: Thrill Jockey

The Ferret in Preston is a venue very close to my heart, as I’ve played there a few times in various bands over the years. However, I hadn’t been to Preston for quite some time and obviously didn’t know what The Ferret was actually like since the last time I had been there (about a decade ago). When I walked in, the place was exactly how I had remembered it being, only now the vibes were even better. The stage had been moved to the opposite end of the room, with a really eye-catching neon “The Ferret” sign adorning the back wall of the stage, as well as some moody red lighting which receded the room’s dominating darkness.

The first act of the night was Fuck Money – a band I knew by name but hadn’t actually had chance to check them out before seeing the show. Four guys walked onto the stage, with the band’s frontman – a towering, intimidating figure (he’s actually a really nice guy) sporting a striking mouth grill, suited out in a black boiler suit with their logo and some black face paint. Immediately, the band grabbed the audience with their ferocious blend of hardcore, punk, and noise rock. The musicianship was excellent, with bassist Jeremy Humphries in particular really catching my eye with his blistering down stroke technique, but as a whole the band were supremely tight and the songs were concise and engaging to listen to and watch. TaSzlin kept the energy up…

2024 has already been a wonderful year for music, so it makes sense that we’d be treated with some exceptional artwork as well! Below are my 49 favorite album covers of the first quarter of 2024, unranked and lightly organized by color/aesthetics. This is not as exhaustive or delicately arranged as the year-end list will be, but I’ll likely be pulling from it later. Scroll all the way down to see the 7×7 grid–a taste of things to come 😉

Enjoy, and feel free to comment some of your favorite covers I might’ve missed!




Tierra Whack // World Wide Whack






Scrim // lonely boy



Dissimulator // Lower Form Resistance



Erika de Casier // Still



Gesaffelstein // GAMMA



Roxy Radclyffe // The Median’s Ark



Kali Uchis // orquídeas


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Ornette Coleman // The Complete Science Fiction Sessions



Alluvial // Death Is But A Door



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