Every year around this time, I end uprepeating this thought: There are no bad years for music if you know where to look for the gems, of which there are too many for one person to thoroughly absorb. The charts and commercial radio may be a travesty, and major labels may be losing their asses and flooding the market with instantly forgettable inanities, but great music continues to be created and released--and it's never been easier to scan the globe to locate it, thanks to Nobel laureate Al... More >>>