Episode 5: Song of the Year for the Past 3 Years

Jeff and Jobe give their picks for Song of the Year for 2015, 2016, and 2017, plus Musical Currents and music from Nolander in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight. *Note—This is the final episode of The Ringing Ear's 'New Episode Blitz' to celebrate our launch. Going forward, new episodes will be released every Monday. If you … Continue reading Episode 5: Song of the Year for the Past 3 Years

Album Review: Earthless Bow to No One on Black Heaven

In the eyes of many fans, there is no crime more reprehensible a band can commit than "selling out." And while the times have changed with regard to the actual selling of one's music for commercial purposes (ask anyone old enough to remember about the backlash regarding The Rolling Stones being featured in a Windows … Continue reading Album Review: Earthless Bow to No One on Black Heaven

Album Review: Hot Snakes Don’t Do Decaf

The last Hot Snakes album was released 14 damned years ago, and while it's unclear why John Reis, Rick Froberg, Gar Wood, and drummers Jason Kourkounis & Mario Rubalcaba decided to get the band back together, it is abundantly clear that it was a very, very good idea. They're back with Jericho Sirens (Sub>Pop), the fiercest … Continue reading Album Review: Hot Snakes Don’t Do Decaf

Album Review: Nirvana—In Utero (1993 Retrospective)

In the first of what will be an ongoing series, we're taking a look back at some classic albums celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, to see if the music of 1993 has aged like fine wine or rotted like a heap of stinking garbage. First up, Nirvana's follow up to the 1991 breakthrough, game-changing … Continue reading Album Review: Nirvana—In Utero (1993 Retrospective)

Album Review: N*E*R*D—No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell Williams' pet project, N*E*R*D, has always occupied a strange space in the musical cosmos. While Williams focused his efforts on producing hits for others (and later himself), N*E*R*D was a place he could—along with fellow Neptunes collaborator Chad Hugo and producing partner/musician Shay Haley—put some of his more out there ideas, sort of a … Continue reading Album Review: N*E*R*D—No_One Ever Really Dies

Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder—Nightbringers

  Over the fifteen year career of The Black Dahlia Murder, their fans have come to expect a certain style. While there's always room for a band to explore their sound and evolve, straying too far off the path (say, in the vein of Suicide Silence's 2017 self-titled departure) is generally met with disdain. New … Continue reading Album Review: The Black Dahlia Murder—Nightbringers