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2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Electronic

Over the past year, our Electronic department has become our most active, and with good reason: we need these upbeat flavors, these reminders of body movement, these tempoed tunes to remind us that better days are on their way.  The

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Electronic

Over the past year, our Electronic department has become our most active, and with good reason: we need these upbeat flavors, these reminders of body movement, these tempoed tunes to remind us that better days are on their way.  The

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

With over 200 releases listed, this is once again our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, and the largest instrumental music preview on the planet! Winter is a fitting season for ambient music, which seems tailor-made for the soft, the still

2021 Winter Music Preview ~ Ambient and Drone

With over 200 releases listed, this is once again our biggest Winter Music Preview ever, and the largest instrumental music preview on the planet! Winter is a fitting season for ambient music, which seems tailor-made for the soft, the still

Where Will Music Head in 2021?

What’s next for the music industry?  With so many artists recording and releasing music from home, the entire landscape of music has changed.  In this article, we take some educated guesses on where music may be headed next. Formats The

Where Will Music Head in 2021?

What’s next for the music industry?  With so many artists recording and releasing music from home, the entire landscape of music has changed.  In this article, we take some educated guesses on where music may be headed next. Formats The

Music to Play on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all our readers who celebrate it! We realize that this is going to be a difficult Christmas for a lot of people who won’t be able to gather as they would like; and that many will spend

Music to Play on Christmas Day

Merry Christmas to all our readers who celebrate it! We realize that this is going to be a difficult Christmas for a lot of people who won’t be able to gather as they would like; and that many will spend

ACL 2020 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

After all the chaos of 2020, there’s some solace found in the fact that the artist who scored our Album of the Decade at the beginning of the year now receives our Album of the Year award at year’s end.

ACL 2020 ~ The Top 20 Albums of the Year

After all the chaos of 2020, there’s some solace found in the fact that the artist who scored our Album of the Decade at the beginning of the year now receives our Album of the Year award at year’s end.

ACL 2020 ~ Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz

All four of our sub-categories find a home in this year’s list, forming a diverse community.  Loud and soft tones co-exist, but no voice is raised to drown out the rest.  If only our whole world could be like this!

ACL 2020 ~ Best Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz

All four of our sub-categories find a home in this year’s list, forming a diverse community.  Loud and soft tones co-exist, but no voice is raised to drown out the rest.  If only our whole world could be like this!

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Modern composition is arguably the most upscale of our categories, and often includes music composed for film, dance and theatre.  The genre lends itself well to conceptual projects and is strong enough to incorporate a great deal of experimentalism without

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Modern Composition

Modern composition is arguably the most upscale of our categories, and often includes music composed for film, dance and theatre.  The genre lends itself well to conceptual projects and is strong enough to incorporate a great deal of experimentalism without

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

In 2020, the global soundscape changed quicker and more significantly than it had at any point in history. The work of field recording artists was given added significance, as they documented sounds that had never been heard before, had not

ACL 2020 ~ Top Ten Field Recording & Soundscape

In 2020, the global soundscape changed quicker and more significantly than it had at any point in history. The work of field recording artists was given added significance, as they documented sounds that had never been heard before, had not