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I was going to say that I’m not even sure why I’m writing this, but I’d being lying. After all, if you’re a metal fan with an internet connection, you’d need to have been sleeping under a rock not to have heard of Wintersun’s crowdfunding project, as well as all the reasons why you should […]

It goes without saying that Brand New are a staple “Sputnik” band, and I mean that less in the sense that the site in any way gave rise to the band’s popularity and more in the sense that we’ve unquestionably worshiped them as a deity since 2006.  They’re not the only band that we’ve collectively fawned […]

Compared to other election years – notably 2004 – the last couple political seasons have seemed rather dry musically.  Maybe it’s because we were all more or less in agreement that Obama was better than McCain and Romney, I don’t know.  But as we find ourselves approaching the final weeks of quite possibly the most […]

Greetings fellow users!  As some of you are aware, I’ve started a little user review competition in which the winner receives an automatic feature, as well as a “user spotlight” session.  It basically consists of an informal chat in which I ask some personal questions as well as some silly ones.   This week’s winner […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’ve been mulling a review of David Bowie’s most recent album, Blackstar, which, if you’re reading this, no doubt you’ve realized was released mere days before his passing on January 10th. He died in peace, surrounded by family, so we’re told by his publicist. Could there be a better way to go for a man who […]

I’ve occasionally come across a particular notion in the music community that the more we listen to the more we build expectations, higher and higher until the bar’s raised unattainably high and we in turn forget what it’s like for that threshold to be met in the first place. I’ve never explicitly agreed with this thought because […]

From an editorial standpoint, the Year-End features are a lot of fun, despite the hectic scheduling and frenetic coordinating necessary to ensure we meet our [perpetually-malleable] deadlines. This is especially true for the Users’ Year-End list, which requires me to rely on the site’s contributing contingent to create the blurbs that complement each album in the feature. […]

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found late December/early January to be a dead zone for music.  Aside from a few stray finds, it’s typically just a time for me to reflect upon the previous year, look at others’ year-end favorites, and see if I can augment my musical collection with their discoveries. […]

Welcome back!  It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since the highly acclaimed SMA’s (Sowing’s Music Awards) made its debut, and – to your certain delight – the feature has returned in 2015 to bring you the best of…well, whatever I say is best.  I’m sure you are the most excited you’ve been all […]

Run River North – “Mr. Brightside” It isn’t often that I feel compelled to share cover versions of songs.  Then again, most covers aren’t so stunning that they stop you in your tracks.  Run River North’s take on the famous Killers’ single “Mr. Brightside” is absolutely breathtaking, and if you haven’t already stumbled upon it […]

Hi there! It’s a bit of a busy time this season, but I hope you’re all doing well. As a consequence of the busy season, I couldn’t corral all the staffers to contribute, so some writers and/or genres are going to be underrepresented. This will hopefully change as we gear up for the Year-End list, […]

Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 18th 2015. All dates are for physical U.S. releases unless otherwise noted. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors. Alabama – Southern Drawl (BMG Recorded Music) Angel Haze – Back To The Woods (Self […]

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