Independent Clauses | n. —unusual words about underappreciated music


Thanks for your interest in Independent Clauses! Independent Clauses is a website that reviews undiscovered music, run by Stephen Carradini with Lisa Whealy writing. We cover mainly indie-pop, folk, neo-classical, Americana, singer-songwriter, and the lighter side of indie rock.

We know almost nothing about rap, R&B, hot country, blues, jazz, standards, hardcore, metal, or extreme music, and thus rarely, if ever, review them.

You can submit work at in the below format:

Where are you from? What is your genre? What are you promoting? How long (in songs) is the EP or album? What are two or three bands you sound like? How did you find Independent Clauses? (Did someone refer you? Did you find us through another blog?) Make sure to link to your website in here, preferably hyperlinked to your band name.

Release Date/Release Label (if any, self-released is 100% cool)
Streaming Link(s)
Download Link (I vastly prefer download codes from Bandcamp)
Single? Available to post?
Purchase links, if you want me to post them
Any other info
Outro sentence

Here’s an example, from The Duke of Norfolk.

My name is Adam Howard. I currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and record music under the name The Duke of Norfolk. I have just released a 5-track EP about the importance of seizing the day entitled Le Monde Tourne Toujours. People often tell me that I have a sound similar to that of old-school Sufjan Stevens, Josh Ritter, or Tallest Man on Earth.

I’m contacting Independent Clauses because of your past coverage of the Tallest Man on Earth. If you’re interested, I’d love to hear what you think about the EP. Here are the details:

Le Monde Tourne Toujours
Out 1/29/13 on Mint 400 Records
Streaming: Bandcamp | Soundcloud
Press Download Link:
Press Download Code (Unique): xb3p-6mmmm
Free download of “Thanatophobia” available to post
Purchase: iTunes | Amazon

Thank you for your consideration!
Adam Howard
The Duke of Norfolk

And that’s how I want to see review requests! It gets the information out quickly for you and me. Thank you for adhering to this style.

Please do not send Spotify links, as we do not use Spotify for reviewing purposes. Please do not send individual files in an email. Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Google Drive, or other streaming/download platforms are accepted.

Due to the volume of submissions received via email, I cannot guarantee a response to your query. If you have any questions, comments or problems with the submission process, please e-mail me (Stephen Carradini) at


Comments: (12)

On February 16, 2009 Reggae music wrote...

I am very happy that I found your blog. Keep up the good work.

On February 16, 2009 Reggae music wrote...

I am very happy that I found your blog. Keep up the good work.

On April 13, 2010 Damion Shade wrote...

I'm the singer of a Tulsa band called Ithica. A writer from the Oklahoma rock blog suggested that you might be interested in reviewing our recent album. The urban Tulsa reviewed it last month as well. If you are interested you can download the album with this link. If you have any questions feel free to write back at Thanks Damion

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On May 26, 2010 Lauren wrote...

Just found this blog through Pillowhead and I love it! I am also a music journalist. If ever you're looking to increase your staff with a long distance member, contact me please!

On January 17, 2011 Jared Cortese wrote...

Hey Stephen, Thanks for the kind and honest review. We appreciate you taking the time to give our cd a good listen. Site looks great and thank you for writing about music. Sincerely, Jared

On March 23, 2011 Erica (Gutierrez) Monzon wrote...

Hello, just wanted to say thank you for writing about my project i guess back in October 04 (Ledaswan). On the song Closure Maybe, which was later released in 07 with full band that was the beginnings of much music and growing to come. Firstly want to thank you for the kind review and I wanted to leave you a link to download our current album NUM83R5 for possible review. I hope all is well and thank you again. P.S we will be coming to OK soon. Erica - Ledaswan link to our new album

On June 6, 2011 marcus hayes wrote...

Stephen is the greatest writer of all times!

On November 26, 2011 Aaron wrote...

Thanks for reviewing "Repeat the Sounding Joy." I play keyboards in the band. It means a great deal to have a serious/thoughtful review.

On November 27, 2011 Stephen Carradini wrote...

You're welcome! I'm all about helping out bands with real reviews.

On December 9, 2011 Dan hardesty wrote...

Followed a link to your site after being on David Wimbish's Facebook. Give our music a listen.

On March 13, 2012 Jason Legacy wrote...

Really nice blog/website. Great things happening here.

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