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*Press A* 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

2020 has been difficult for everyone. We skipped our usual list covering the first half of the year given the global unease and relatively low amount of VGM released. However, shortly after June there was a surge of excellent and

*Press A* 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Videogame Soundtracks

2020 has been difficult for everyone. We skipped our usual list covering the first half of the year given the global unease and relatively low amount of VGM released. However, shortly after June there was a surge of excellent and

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music is more than a seasonal score; it also represents a state of mind. We’ve all been wintering this year: hunkering down, staying in, waiting for the storm to pass.  Will we simply survive, or will we be able

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Winter Music

Winter music is more than a seasonal score; it also represents a state of mind. We’ve all been wintering this year: hunkering down, staying in, waiting for the storm to pass.  Will we simply survive, or will we be able

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

What is an album cover?  The answer seems obvious, but it’s not.  For years, an album cover was a 12″ x 12″ image that graced the front of a record sleeve.  Once in a while, the cover was obscured by

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Album Covers

What is an album cover?  The answer seems obvious, but it’s not.  For years, an album cover was a 12″ x 12″ image that graced the front of a record sleeve.  Once in a while, the cover was obscured by

ACL 2020 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

The year was so rough that we feared there would be no happy music.  Thankfully, we found that we had reviewed plenty in every genre!  The very concept of happiness is difficult to define, and a wide definition includes inner

ACL 2020 ~ The Happiest Music of the Year

The year was so rough that we feared there would be no happy music.  Thankfully, we found that we had reviewed plenty in every genre!  The very concept of happiness is difficult to define, and a wide definition includes inner

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Packaging

Earlier this year, we feared we would be unable to publish this article as labels paused physical production and artists recorded at home.  Yet our fears were misplaced, as plenty of fine physical editions were produced!  In an odd twist,

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Packaging

Earlier this year, we feared we would be unable to publish this article as labels paused physical production and artists recorded at home.  Yet our fears were misplaced, as plenty of fine physical editions were produced!  In an odd twist,

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

From heartbreaking stories to contagious dance to animation and wild FX, we’ve got a cornucopia of video styles to share this year.  Either we have an especially strong selection of music videos, or we appreciated them more because we really

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

From heartbreaking stories to contagious dance to animation and wild FX, we’ve got a cornucopia of video styles to share this year.  Either we have an especially strong selection of music videos, or we appreciated them more because we really

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

One of our Labels of the Year didn’t start as a label, but as a festival; another gathered contributions from around the world; the third was unable to publish physical editions during the pandemic, and went digital.  In the spirit

ACL 2020 ~ The Year’s Best Labels

One of our Labels of the Year didn’t start as a label, but as a festival; another gathered contributions from around the world; the third was unable to publish physical editions during the pandemic, and went digital.  In the spirit

ACL 2020 ~ The Year in Review

When we look back on 2020, we’ll be able to see at least one light in the darkness:  musicians stepped up.  This was the year in which festivals were cancelled, labels paused all physical production, and musicians recorded – and donated

ACL 2020 ~ The Year in Review

When we look back on 2020, we’ll be able to see at least one light in the darkness:  musicians stepped up.  This was the year in which festivals were cancelled, labels paused all physical production, and musicians recorded – and donated