“John Berger once defined music by saying that it began as a howl, became a prayer, then a lament, and still contains elements of all three” (John K. Samson, rock musician, Punk Planet #44).

Record Dept. Music Reviews aspires to provide a quick and concise resource for music reviews. Our reviews are boiled down to the essence of what the music is about be it a howl, a prayer, or a lament. The Record Dept. primarily covers Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Bluegrass, Alt. Country, Neo-Traditional and Traditional Country, Americana, Roots Rock, Rock, Folk and Blues to ensure that fans are always up to date.


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