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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 Artist: Drose [Bandcamp]     Ohioan drone metal band Drose create helpless, introspective music that balances muggy atmospheres with strategic pauses in energy. Vocalist Dustin Rose delivers and unconventional double presence, being almost effeminately serene one moment, and resembling a tortured Patrick-Kindlon-meets-Abe-Simpson demigod the next. “The Man” insists “I’m here! To destroy you!” in a […]

Monday, March 28, 2016 Artist: O’Brother Track: “Complicated End Times” O’Brother’s latest post-hardcore conquest Endless Light is a sweeping triumph.  It’s a prolific enough record that at some point in 2016, you’ll probably have no choice but to hear about it.  Reminiscent of both Thrice and Manchester Orchestra, the album bestows a level of grit and atmosphere that is […]

      Welcome back!  Below is our compilation of staff picks from March 21-25 of 2016.  Thanks to Jacquibim, whose tastes exceed the outer limits of Spotify, I was forced to break convention and use Youtube  (look at this guy…a few weeks on staff and he’s already sticking it to the man).  Anyway, the layout […]

Friday, March 25, 2016 The Hotelier Track: “Piano Player” As anticipation continues to build for The Hotelier’s follow up to 2014’s wildly successful Home, Like NoPlace Is There, many are left scratching their heads with the release of their latest single ‘Piano Player.’ Admittedly, the song isn’t the cathartic release many fans were hoping for, […]

Thursday, March 24, 2016 Artist: Flotsam and Jetsam Track: “Never to Reveal“ Flotsam and Jetsam have faster more epic albums (Doomsday for the Deceiver), thrashier albums (No Place For Disgrace), more adventurous albums (The Cold), and even more commercial albums (Drift). None of them hold a candle to Cuatro. When Cuatro was released in 1992, it seemed like Flotsam and Jetsam were finally going […]

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Artist: Zealotry Track: “Yliaster“ For three long years, Zealotry has teased us. It was said the arrival of a frostbitten behemoth was imminent and that The Charnel Expanse was merely a portal for something far more malevolent, but somewhere along the way, a shadow of doubt was cast. Like unfulfilled prophesies, […]

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Artist: The Strumbellas Track: “Spirits” Remember in 2006 when My Chemical Romance launched the single/video “Welcome To The Black Parade”, and it was so wildly over-the-top that, on some levels anyway, it actually worked?  Or way back to 1967 when The Beatles had done pretty much the same thing with Sgt. Pepper’s […]

Monday, March 21, 2016 Artist: Fracture (Facebook / Twitter) Track: “Makin’ Hype Tracks” I’m a little late on the draw with Fracture’s excellent Hype Tracks EP (out in February on Exit Records), but I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Charlie Fieber’s brand of hip-hop-inflected jungle since I discovered it a few years back. Hype Tracks continues down that road – […]

      Another week in the books, and another set of 5 songs added to the track-of-the-day vault. This week’s EP highlights the gleeful ‘Born Again Teen’, the mysterious dance vibes of ‘Consumes You’, the hypnotizing ‘Running With The Wolves’, our throwback to Alanis Morissette’s heyday via ‘Mary Jane’, and the quirky, ever so […]

Friday, March 18th, 2016 Artist: Oshwa (facebook) (twitter) (bandcamp) Track: “Old Man Skies”   Chicagoland art/math rock quartet Oshwa are finally coming around to their sophomore album I We You Me, with a yet unspecified 2016 release and I’m here to present you with a track that should get you excited for it. “Quirky” is probably the word […]

Thursday, March 17, 2016 Artist: Alanis Morissette Track: “Mary Jane” I remember it like it was yesterday. It was a ’90s Christmas, and I could feel the excitement surge through me as I dug through my stocking and yanked out my very first CD: Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill. It wasn’t long before this […]

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 […]

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