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Sputnikmusic Staff Rankings: Top 10 Say Anything Songs Preface: As one of pop-punk’s most beloved bands, Say Anything rose to fame during the peak of the scene’s early-mid 2000’s success.  They weren’t merely the beneficiaries of a booming genre, however; the band helped define what pop-punk meant, and they continue to influence up-and-coming artists spanning […]

1) White Ring – Gate of Grief Genre: Indie/Electronic/Experimental Release Date: 7/20/2018 Hype Rating: 10 Now this is just creepy.  There’s such an unsettling vibe to this whole thing, from the band name to the artwork to the massive industrial groove beat that throws me all the way back to The Downward Spiral.  Oh, and those shrill, shouted vocals, […]

Welcome avid music listeners! We missed a quarter or two, but who’s counting? The infinite playlist has been a Sputnik tradition ever since I can remember, and we’re back baby! Jom was kind (or cruel?) enough to let me organize the playlist this year. Some coercion may have been involved, but it made for 30 creative and biting blurbs […]

Soundtracks have always played a big role in my enjoyment of music.  Often I find myself paying more attention to the various melodies in the background of whatever film is playing, imagining how the soundtrack’s producers decided to match certain moods with specific frames.  I don’t know, it’s just fascinating to me.  I watch a […]

[Q1 2017 Mixtape] | [Q2 2017 Mixtape] Hi there. I truly had a nicer intro written up, but the servers died, so let’s take you live to check in on how they’re sounding today: Despite the internal strife heard above, we’re happy to bring you 22 selections of tunes that might have tickled our collective fancies this […]

Sorry, not this Demon King. As I had alluded to in our Q1 mixtape this year, Magna Carta Cartel’s resurrection went hand-in-hand with guitarist/vocalist Martin Persner’s disclosure that he had played with Ghost for seven years. While he does not elaborate as to why he left, a series of teasers unfurled daily on MCC’s social media, […]

I missed the boat on the staff-wide feature thanks in part to a hectic work week, a desire not to cut-paste from my track reviews, and general laziness.  In retrospect, that turned out pretty awesome (thanks in a large part to Jom’s orchestration of the feature) so I’ll have to do better and contribute to […]

Greetings! With all of our March Madness brackets sufficiently busted (and my Red Wings slowly morphing back to the Dead Wings as their 25-year playoff streak’s been snapped and they pivot to the Little Caesars Pizza Pizzarena next season), we look forward to one of the best days of the year: Rather than building a […]

Your Indie Needs, All In One Place What began as an idea to post on a quarterly basis has evolved into something of a whenever-I-please due to an influx of excellent indie/alternative tracks and a need for me to document them all in one place.  There’s no specific timetable for this continuing blog, but every time my […]

  Here’s a quick look ahead at a handful of Q1 Alt/Indie tracks that have caught my ear in advance of their respective album’s release.  If this is any indication, 2017 is going to be a vibrant year for electronically-influenced indie-pop and indie-rock, with the likes of The Flaming Lips, The xx, Dirty Projectors, and […]

C.B. Murdoc: Nonplus Ultra taken from Here Be Dragons. Released 24 June, 2016. ————————————————————————————————- I’m not the biggest fan of technical death metal. To me, a large majority of it is style-over-substance; a flurry of notes and chaos with nothing that sticks. C.B. Murdoc is different. Although they could easily be placed into the technical death metal genre, each […]

A little later than usual, here’s our Q4 mixtape for 2015, kicking off the new year with a pick of some of the best music released in the final three months of last year. Some of the below mentioned artists featured as part of our year-end staff and user features, and the individual tracks can be heard below the […]

Pilot Waves isn’t just Icarus the Owl’s third album- it’s also the innovative pop-punk group’s debut on Blue Swan Records, a label run by Dance Gavin Dance’s Will Swan. While the band’s singer Joey Rubenstein was generous enough to send me a copy of the release a few weeks ago, I regrettably haven’t been able […]

Hi there! Apologies to those of you who missed out on our celebratory rainbowsplosion on Friday. In case you missed it, pretend you’re Homer: People got a bit cranky with me, and perhaps understandably so — my favorite remark had something to do with “keeping the politics out of a music site” — despite that […]

Today is the most glorious day of the year. It’s Opening Day! Well, sort of, anyway. Does it really count if there’s only one game going, and one of the teams is the Cubs? It’s also the Master’s next week. Either way, just like the lion and the lamb adage about March, the year’s first […]

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