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JON C. IRESON’S BEST ALBUMS OF THE 2010’S

It’s list season and a particularly abundant one as we near the end of a decade. Plenty of great music to fill many scrolls but I’ve handpicked 50  of the records that spoke to me the most over the last 10 years. With the diversity of musical output increasing exponentially with each decade, it’s become...

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State of the Industry Address

State of the Industry Address: Taking a look at the music industry and counter-culture as we head into another decade. by Jon C. Ireson Where are we now? Where…are…we…now? I’m Jon Ireson and this is to be a “State of the Industry” address, taking a look at where music is as we are about to...

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IMP presents: Top Ten Releases of the Year

2014 has very easily been the best year for music, at least since The White Stripes were still active. Spoon, Ryan Adams, TV On The Radio, Aphex Twin and Interpol all returned with strong releases after a few quiet years. Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Pink Floyd all added to their...

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Rock Survives And Thrives in 2013

Announcement after announcement and stream after stream, from David Bowie’s new album early this year to strong releases from Dillinger Escape Plan, Alice in Chains, Iggy & the Stooges, Queens of the Stone Age, and more, it’s easy to get excited about rock music in 2013. This post is merely meant to pay it forward...

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Innovation In Music Series – Animals As Leaders Exclusive Interview

Welcome to my new “Innovation in Music” series, the first guest being an artist who truly deserves the respect they’re receiving worldwide; Animals As Leaders. This series was inspired by what I feel is essential to any truly great art; complete originality. Often I come across artists who want to be coached, artists who try to...

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Animals As Leaders Are The Future Of Metal

Tosin Abasi’s virtuoso metal/jazz/progressive project Animals As Leaders are touring again, this time with heavy metal/djent giants Meshuggah and Intronaut. If you haven’t been exposed to Animals As Leaders, maybe now is the time. They aren’t strictly for metal lovers, and therein lies their appeal. Listeners of everyone from Miles Davis to King Crimson will respect...

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Progressive Metal Bandcamp Roundup – The Best of the Best

It’s Saturday, and you know what that means. I’m browsing the ever-high quality website Bandcamp.com specifically looking for the best of the best in progressive metal bands as I work. These bands will all have qualities that I find interesting such as intelligent or philosophical/relevant themes (minus the pretension), fascinating musical choices, and dynamic vocals...

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