In April of last year we gave the site a pretty big visual overhaul. We (and you, for the most part) were pretty satisfied with it, but there were a few pieces of functionality that didn’t quite work as we intended. So we’ve listened to your feedback and made a few small changes:

  • changing from the Featured Stories slider to a smaller but more visible sub-navbar with five “Featured” stories showing at once so the most recent music and video premieres and breaking stories are always up top. the site header has been made significantly smaller in height to accommodate this change.
  • converting the two vertical rails in our sidebar to a single, wider column
  • highlighting post Authors (and giving them avatars) so you don’t send hate mail to Axl when Sergeant D writes about some emo band
  • calling more prominence to our most recent Reviews, Interviews and Blogroll
  • bringing back the popular “Subscribe to Comments” feature (this should be up by Monday)
  • installing AJAX commenting (finally!) so pages don’t refresh when you post a comment
  • making it easier to Tweet or Like a story with inline buttons below each article headline

We know there is an issue with commenting while logged into Facebook; the comments do go through, but you’ll receive an error message. This will be fixed shortly.

As always, we really value your feedback, so tell us what you think of the new design in the comments. Yes, we are corporate whores.

– Vince and Axl

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