And unsurprising. Not only do I know & lurrv a few of the staff from my favorite magazine, but I adore each issue so much that it’s the only magazine I now save after I read it (cover to cover, natch.) The articles are thorough and well-written, informative and entertaining. I’m constantly introduced to new independent music via the magazine and, in tandem, by the monthly sampler CD, which comes in every issue. The yearly rate is $19.95/year (I currently have a 2-year subscription myself) and worth every penny; while I could now pay less, I suppose, I just don’t see why it’s necessary. Best $20 I spend a year, hands down.