We started publishing Grave Concerns Ezine, one of the planet's premier online alternative music magazines, in 1999, to build a resource for neutral unbiased alternative music reviews, the best videos, interviews, press releases, merchandise, lifestlye pieces, scene specific travel and gear info, and tour/festival/release/store/scene/general music news reviews and interviews.
Our only motivation for all reviews, recommendations and articles on Grave Concerns Ezine is their ability to help readers to find the best music products and services more quickly and successfully... faster, and avoid the bad or poor taste products.
That said, beginning December 1, 2009, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires websites to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
First, the obvious: Without the funds from affiliate commissions via any purchases made from this site, Grave Concerns Ezine wouldn't be possible, and we wouldn't be able to run it full time. Whenever you click on the 'buy' or 'go to product site' buttons you attribute affiliate commissions to Grave Concerns Ezine. We encourage you to use these buttons whenever making a purchase of music, merchandise, tickets, or other products featured in Grave Concerns Ezine - it will help us to make our Grave Concerns Ezine magazine and community better and ensure its continuity.
Second, the less obvious: Per the FTC rules, if we interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, we would need to specify this. If someone gives us a cool t-shirt with a logo and we wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place. This would be tedious for us and a continual eyesore for readers. But rules is rules.
To cover our asses and preserve your user experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product we use or like, the following all hold true: