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CONTRIBUTORS’ GENRE ROULETTE: ROUND 2 It’s back! By popular demand, some of us contributors (current, former, and new) sat down to introduce ourselves to genres that people in general and we in particular tend to avoid, as recommended by you, the users. Here’s what we thought…     HARDCORE PUNK Recommended by cvlts Assigned to […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile to the Surface Genre: Indie Rock // Released: 2017 I remember things that I have business remembering. I remember things that are strangely specific and serve no purpose other than adding another aspect to a memory. It might be that it helps […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Sun Kil Moon – Benji Genre: Indie Folk // Released: 2014 Death sucks.  That goes without saying, especially now, yet we never seem to grow tired of those artists who explore the topic, at least where broached with due care and respect.  Those aren’t words I would typically […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Swans – To Be Kind Genre: Noise Rock/Post Rock/Experimental  // Released: 2014 I’d bet Michael Gira still cracks a good chuckle every now and then when recalling that time he tried to sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for eternal inspiration and unbridled creativity, and the […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 75. Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog Genre: Indie Rock/Folk // Released: 2018 There’s a case for any Hop Along album to be placed here, but Bark Your Head Off, Dog stands out as their most accessible and most innovative work. It saw them shift from releasing […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 100. Thrice – Major/Minor Genre: Alternative/Post Hardcore // Released: 2011 The version of Thrice that made Major/Minor was an enviously well-oiled machine, a savvy group of veterans effortlessly creating some of the best rock music of the decade. A natural conclusion to the band’s sonic transformation, in some alternate universe […]

Outside of the incredible musical content, the fleeting existence of No Note as a band was captivating to me; their work seemingly arrived and departed without any explanation. Here was a collection of tracks with titles taken from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a despairingly brief band biography, little to no information on contributing members, […]

25 – 11 | 10 – 1 10. Earth Tongue – Floating Being Genre: Heavy Psych/Fuzz | [Bandcamp] Floating Being by Earth Tongue Marrying the sound of bands like Big|Brave or True Widow with the imagery of Dr. Who (the connection makes a lot of sense in my head somehow), this couple from New Zealand […]

25 – 11 | 10 – 1 25. Homeshake – Helium Genre: Indie Pop/Psychedelic | [Bandcamp] Helium by HOMESHAKE When I think ‘under the radar,’ the words “underrated” and “underappreciated” are obviously synonymous. Still though, this album is a pretty hard sell with that abysmal 2.6 average, but I find it hard to discern the […]

It’s been said time and time again, but Melt-Banana are as unique as bands come. Now well into the third decade of their career, Yako (vocals) and Agata (guitar) are still writing and touring their brand of light-speed noise rock with rare, enduring levels of excitement and proficiency. Now on the verge of a 15-date […]

Well, it’s been an adventurous third quarter around here. Question marks in reviews have been fixed! You can see entire release dates! All album art and images uploaded between November 2017-the Great Power Surge of 2019 have disappeared into the ether, never to return! As a Loaf of Meat once power balladed: two out of […]

All it took was one line to get Marskid (Mitch) all riled up. A cursory, sweeping statement about the lack of innovation in Mitch’s most-loved genre (that’s my assumption anyway) was enough of a reason to shake his fist angrily at me in a Contributor’s group discussion (off-site). Basically, it got us thinking about what […]

Recently, the Sputnikmusic contributors had a fun conversation about the kinds of people who claim they listen to “all genres” of music, and how they’re probably either ignorant or lying. Almost everyone has genres they’d rather avoid, and if you think you don’t, consider whether you’d pick up a record of polka, free jazz, harsh […]

State Faults is a band that hardly needs any introduction on this site. Coming off of a 6-year hiatus, they’ve received universal acclaim for their newest album, Clairvoyant. Lead singer and guitarist Johnny Calvert-Andrew was kind enough to correspond with me about their comeback. Enjoy, y’all. , Slex:  First, I wanted to address the hiatus. […]

For Episode 2: Electric Boogaloo of the Sputcast, join Bloon and neekafat as they talk about the new Remo Drive, the Batushka controversy, the going-ons of Sput, and other miscellaneous tangents in a leaner, meaner 43 minutes.  

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