Against Change – 2019 in Review

Change is overrated. There’s this idea that if you look back at the recent [insert time period here] and you don’t see change in your life, you’re doing something wrong. This simple difference comparison is then labelled “growth” and, under the same logic as the capitalist market, is put on…

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Heavy Blog Guest List – Bent Knee

We’ve focused a lot of attention on Bent Knee the past few years, with very good reason. After finding multiple avid fans on staff with their earlier work all the way through 2017’s Land Animal, they really broke through to capture the attention of a wide swath of our writers…

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Heavy Blog’s Top 50 Albums of 2019

This is one of those years where you’re writing your end of year summary every day. It’s a year which inundated all of us with so much music, and from so many angles and genres, that it almost begged to constantly be analyzed, made sense of, and conceptualized. I’ve written…

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Editors’ Picks – October 2019

If it seems like I always mention how much good music has been released during the previous month that’s because that’s probably correct. The fact is that we’ve been enjoying an insane outpouring of music for years now and these posts, keyed as they are to some sort of “summary”…

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“The Kurt Cobain of Memes”: Bent Knee Talk New Album, Tour Mishaps, and the Future of Music

There are certain privileges and challenges that come when you get to interview a band multiple times. On the one hand, building a relationship and rapport with bands and artists breeds a certain familiarity and comfort that allows for more natural conversation that can dig deeper than your run-of-the-mill press…

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Release Day Roundup – 10/11/19

Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome longtime reader Remi VL as a regular guest contributor to our Release Day Roundup posts! He submitted several of the albums listed below. Join his Facebook group for more recommendations. -Scott Murphy Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to…

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Bent Knee – You Know What They Mean

Energetic. It’s probably one of the most amorphous concepts we use when speaking about music (and, let’s be honest, we use plenty of those). It is used to denote a sense of immediacy, urgency, and power in music, usually describing music that’s very direct, loud, and often fast. However, this…

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Elizabeth Colour Wheel – Nocebo

OK, this one is going to be hard to review so I’m just going to start like this: Elizabeth Color Wheel’s Nocebo is one of the more earnest records I’ve heard in a long time. Forget the musicality of it for a second; it’s just extremely honest. You can hear…

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