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The 40 Best Winter Albums of All Time

2022 Edition!  Every year, as temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, we renew our love affair with winter music. Seven years after its first appearance, The 25 Best Winter Albums of All Time continues to be our site’s most visited

The 40 Best Winter Albums of All Time

2022 Edition!  Every year, as temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, we renew our love affair with winter music. Seven years after its first appearance, The 25 Best Winter Albums of All Time continues to be our site’s most visited

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz

2021 proved (again!) that post-rock is as strong as ever.  We’re hoping that the momentum of the last year will carry into the next.  While it seemed that every veteran post-rock band released an album last year, a few are

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz

2021 proved (again!) that post-rock is as strong as ever.  We’re hoping that the momentum of the last year will carry into the next.  While it seemed that every veteran post-rock band released an album last year, a few are

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

If 2021 was The Year of Modern Composition, what might 2022 have in store?  Beside blazing fires, with pens and port, composers are penning new emotional notes.  The seeds for many an inspiration are planted in the cold winter months.

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Modern Composition

If 2021 was The Year of Modern Composition, what might 2022 have in store?  Beside blazing fires, with pens and port, composers are penning new emotional notes.  The seeds for many an inspiration are planted in the cold winter months.

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Experimental

Wondering what to do with your winter lockdown time?  Perhaps you’ll make some instruments out of ice, like Terje Isungset, pictured here at the Norway Music Festival.  Perhaps you’ll sort through old tapes and make a sonic collage.  Perhaps you’ll

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Experimental

Wondering what to do with your winter lockdown time?  Perhaps you’ll make some instruments out of ice, like Terje Isungset, pictured here at the Norway Music Festival.  Perhaps you’ll sort through old tapes and make a sonic collage.  Perhaps you’ll

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Electronic

Can you remember the last time you went clubbing? For many of us, it’s a distant memory.  But the beats keep coming, the 12″s keep spinning, and new dance moves are always being invented.  Thankfully DJs and electronic-minded artists have

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Electronic

Can you remember the last time you went clubbing? For many of us, it’s a distant memory.  But the beats keep coming, the 12″s keep spinning, and new dance moves are always being invented.  Thankfully DJs and electronic-minded artists have

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

We absolutely love this time of year at A Closer Listen. As we survey the musical landscape, we see over 200 new releases on the near horizon and our hearts are filled with hope.  Artists continue to be inspired, labels continue

2022 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

We absolutely love this time of year at A Closer Listen. As we survey the musical landscape, we see over 200 new releases on the near horizon and our hearts are filled with hope.  Artists continue to be inspired, labels continue

How to Get Noticed in 2022 ~ A Guide for Musicians and Labels

A flash of red stands out against a field of white. This photograph illustrates a basic concept: if you want to get noticed in 2022, you’ll have to catch the eye ~ or in this case, the ear.  The musical landscape

How to Get Noticed in 2022 ~ A Guide for Musicians and Labels

A flash of red stands out against a field of white. This photograph illustrates a basic concept: if you want to get noticed in 2022, you’ll have to catch the eye ~ or in this case, the ear.  The musical landscape

ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up.  A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise.  And yet, many artists broke through with the finest albums of their careers.  Some of

ACL 2021 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

If 2020 was the most surreal year in recent memory, 2021 was the runner-up.  A rollercoaster of emotion was supplanted by a mountain of malaise.  And yet, many artists broke through with the finest albums of their careers.  Some of