Bruce Springsteen Johnny 99

How Bruce Springsteen’s “Johnny 99” ended up an unlikely political statement

“Born in the U.S.A.” wasn’t a message of conservative optimism, and neither was this.

Shadow of the Horns: A fall metal-stravaganza

Twelve of the best new metal tracks of the month—that’s right twelve!

The Best Albums of August 2020

Twelve albums from the past month that you need to hear, from grunge to avant-garde jazz.

Finding Peace of Mind in Doom Metal

A meditation on doom metal and self-care, and finding the right balance.

Jim Sullivan’s “U.F.O.” and the story of his strange disappearance

How the California singer/songwriter’s 1969 song possibly foretold of his disappearance six years later.

The Best Albums of July 2020

Thirteen favorites from the last 31 days (give or take an extra week or two).

Shadow of the Horns: Heavy Metal Summer

Everything sucks, but we can still have fun by playing metal really loud.

Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe” captured cruel detachment in the face of tragedy

Blood on the Tracks returns with a Southern gothic tale of suicide and unconscious cruelty.

Working through grief and healing through Camel’s ‘The Snow Goose’

The therapeutic qualities of an iconic ’70s instrumental prog record.

Shadow of the Horns: Gateway Grunge

How Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Nirvana made me love metal.

The Best Albums of May 2020

Our nine favorite records of the past month.

Bandcamp recommendations

Treble Roundtable: A big batch of Bandcamp recommendations

Here’s what you should buy/download while Bandcamp is waiving its revenue share.

Best Albums of April 2020

The Best Albums of April 2020

Eleven new albums you need in your headphones.

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Shadow of the Horns April: Home Sweet Dungeon

Some classic, black metal home-cookin’!

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The Best Albums of March 2020

The best albums from an extremely long month.

Emma Ruth Rundle Pasadena Daydream on Aug. 31, 2019

Shadow of the Horns: Surviving Self-Isolation

How to survive the quarantine, plus the best new metal tracks of the month.

Deep Space Nine quarantine

Treble Roundtable: Non-Musical Quarantine Activities

The stuff getting us through the COVID-era that isn’t in our headphones.

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Treble Roundtable: Quarantunes

What we’re listening to while we’re stuck inside.