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ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

The Golden Age of Music Videos ended with the decline of MTV; but as much as MTV launched the popularity of the format, it also delayed its evolution.  In the Silver Age, restrictions are gone.  Videos no longer need to

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

The Golden Age of Music Videos ended with the decline of MTV; but as much as MTV launched the popularity of the format, it also delayed its evolution.  In the Silver Age, restrictions are gone.  Videos no longer need to

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

We have a soft spot for winter music, as do our readers.  The 25 Best Winter Albums of All Time remains our all-time most-viewed post; every year, as the cold descends, we post an update as The Year’s Best Winter Music.

ACL 2019 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

We have a soft spot for winter music, as do our readers.  The 25 Best Winter Albums of All Time remains our all-time most-viewed post; every year, as the cold descends, we post an update as The Year’s Best Winter Music.

ACL 2019 ~ The Year in Review

2019 was the most tumultuous year in recent history, and the troubles of the world spilled into the world of instrumental music.  The artists we cover had a great amount to say about xenophobia, climate change, the #MeToo Movement, Brexit

ACL 2019 ~ The Year in Review

2019 was the most tumultuous year in recent history, and the troubles of the world spilled into the world of instrumental music.  The artists we cover had a great amount to say about xenophobia, climate change, the #MeToo Movement, Brexit

Whettman Chelmets presents ‘Thoughts that Linger and Thoughts that Stab’ [mix]

Whettman Chelmets shares a stunning dense mix of self-reflective music culled mostly from his personal Bandcamp collection. We recently reviewed his latest work, Long Read Memories, an affective synthesis between the personal context and the formal expression found in the

Whettman Chelmets presents ‘Thoughts that Linger and Thoughts that Stab’ [mix]

Whettman Chelmets shares a stunning dense mix of self-reflective music culled mostly from his personal Bandcamp collection. We recently reviewed his latest work, Long Read Memories, an affective synthesis between the personal context and the formal expression found in the

Congratulations, Sebastian Plano and Hildur Guðnadóttir (but we’re not so sure about the other nominees).

We have a love/hate relationship with the Grammy Awards, which occasionally gets something (almost) right.  Congratulations to Sebastian Plano, whose album Verve received a nomination for Album of the Year … in the New Age category.  We’d prefer to see it under Contemporary

Congratulations, Sebastian Plano and Hildur Guðnadóttir (but we’re not so sure about the other nominees).

We have a love/hate relationship with the Grammy Awards, which occasionally gets something (almost) right.  Congratulations to Sebastian Plano, whose album Verve received a nomination for Album of the Year … in the New Age category.  We’d prefer to see it under Contemporary

Plïnkï Plønkï’s Mïxey Wïxey

We’ve got a fun one for you today, as might be expected from a U.K. band named Plïnkï Plønkï who describes themselves as “a 50-piece ensemble that doesn’t exist.” Bucking the trend, they don’t put their own music in the

Plïnkï Plønkï’s Mïxey Wïxey

We’ve got a fun one for you today, as might be expected from a U.K. band named Plïnkï Plønkï who describes themselves as “a 50-piece ensemble that doesn’t exist.” Bucking the trend, they don’t put their own music in the

ACL 2019 ~ “Do You Like Scary Music?”

In this article, we list ten albums to play while holding a seance, carving pumpkins, or giving out candy to trick or treaters!  Some of these albums were released when we weren’t in the mood ~ we were building snowmen,

ACL 2019 ~ “Do You Like Scary Music?”

In this article, we list ten albums to play while holding a seance, carving pumpkins, or giving out candy to trick or treaters!  Some of these albums were released when we weren’t in the mood ~ we were building snowmen,