No Depression Style Guide

Abbreviations

No abbreviations in post titles (including the use of “w/” and “&”) unless a band’s name or its album title includes an abbreviation, except for state/country abbreviations.

State abbreviations should be AP style (also known as postal codes – AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY)

Album titles

Italics

Album Review Titles

Artist Name – Album Title

Book Titles

Italics

Commas

Oxford comma (This, this, and that)

Concert Review Titles

Artist Name – Venue (City, Dat. 01, YYYY) – (where “Dat.” is the abbreviation of the month). Examples: 

Steve Earle at the Orange Peel (Asheville, NC - Oct. 23, 2014)
The Deep Dark Woods at Sage Gateshead (Gateshead, UK - Oct. 28, 2014)

Cursing

Fine, as long as it’s not unquestionably gratuitous, unless the gratuitous cursing is a direct quote from an artist/album/song/title. Such as:

“I broke my fucking guitar,” said The Artist. << OK

Post Title: “This Band’s New Song ‘Dumb Shit’ Is Their Worst Effort Yet” << OK
Post title: “The Album Reviewed in This Blog Post Is Fucking Bullshit” << Not OK

Dates

Months AP Style (Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, July, Aug. Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.) Examples:

Dec. 13, 2014
July 26, 2014

DVD Titles

Italics

Interviews

Creative Title of Your Post

Photo Titles

Artist Name, Location (Dat. 01, YYYY). Example:

Abigail Washburn at Bonnaroo (June 4, 2014)

Photos in Posts: Must be a minimum of 300x300 px. Embedded photos must have a URL ending in .jpg or use ND photo embed code.

Punctuation in Post Titles

  • Ampersands: Always spell the word “and” instead of using an ampersand, unless it appears as “Q&A” or in a band name (Miss Tess & the Talkbacks).
  • Colons: There should be a colon between headline and subhead.
  • Commas should follow Oxford comma (above).
  • Dashes: Usually the only use of a dash in the headline will be in live and album reviews, separating the artist’s name from the album review or info about the location of the concert being reviewed. They should be endashes, with a single space on each side of the dash. (The exception would be if the dash is part of a title)
  • Exclamation points: No exclamation points in blog titles.
  • Periods: No periods in blog titles.
  • Question marks: Blog titles or forum titles that pose a question should end with a question mark.
  • Semi-colons in blog titles only when absolutely necessary (i.e. The Title of a Blog Post; Or, How to Build a Boat)

Questionable Language

(See also “Cursing,” above.) The only permissible use of racist, sexist, anti-religious-group, homophobic, or other language that could be construed as demeaning to a specific person, belief system, nationality, or other group on this site, is in a direct quote from a song, album, book, film, or artist.

Record Labels

Always spell out the full record label name. For example: Warner Brothers Records (not Warners or Warner Bros), Universal Music Group (not UMG or Universal), Thirty Tigers, Bloodshot Records, Red House Records, Ramseur Records, etc.

Song Titles

Quotation marks

Styles of Music

Do not capitalize any style of music unless the style is derived from a country or region. Below is a list of how these styles of music should appear. If you are mentioning a style of music not in this list and are unsure about whether or not to capitalize it, the answer is probably to keep it uncapitalized. African-American spirituals, alt-country, alternative, Americana, balladry, bluegrass, blues, Cajun music, Canadiana, Celtic rock, contemporary, country, dance music, electronic dance music (or EDM), folk music, Gregorian chant, grunge, honky-tonk, indie rock, Irish folk music, jazz, klezmer, Latin music, madrigals, old time, pop, punk rock (or just punk), rhythm and blues (or R&B), rock and roll, roots music, singer-songwriter, World music, zydeco.

Tags

Artist tag is for an artist or band name. Separate artists and bands with commas. "Other tags" field is for every relevant term other than the artist/band name. Relevant other tags might be venue, location, music style, album title, and so on.

Video Titles

Artist Name – “Song Title” (if applicable, include in parenthesis: Live at Location, Dat. 01, YYYY). Example: 

Steve Earle & the Dukes and Duchesses - "The Galway Girl" (Live at Hardly Strictly Bluegras Festival, Oct. 8, 2014)