Whoever thought that post-punk was a fad relegated to the days of PiL and Joy Division clearly wasn’t paying attention. There’s been a resurgence of these kinds of raw, bare-bones, streetwise bands in recent years, one of which is relative Irish newcomers Fontaines D.C. Originally they started out as a group of college students bound…

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Since 2008’s All Hope Is Gone, Slipknot has been a band in transition. In 2010, they lost bassist Paul Grey to a morphine overdose, then switched drummers three years later after Joey Jordison was fired on account of a brain disease that rendered him percussionally inadequate. Subsequently, he was replaced by ex-E Street Band, Madball…

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The Chinese Democracy of metal has finally dropped. Fear Inoculum is the latest release from alternative metal band Tool, their first full-length album since 2006’s 10,000 Days. Many reasons were given for the delay, from lawsuits to family issues to solo pursuits in the meantime, but the overarching point is it’s finally here, in a…

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Sitting back as the weather gets colder, the days grow shorter, and the inclination to stay inside grows stronger, you might be inclined to put on some relaxing music that will get you right in the mood for fire log season in no time. If you happen to be in a rural environment or at…

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U.K indie rock outfit The Foals has put out part one of their latest effort, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. The second half will be due in next month, but in the meantime the slick purveyors of hipster groove have given us a ten-track release to chew on of contemporary funk and hectic digital…

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Continuing on their experimental streak started on 2015’s That’s The Spirit, Bring Me The Horizon came back this year with their LP Amo, described by singer Oli Sykes as “a love album that explores every aspect of that most powerful emotion”. With the decline of the metalcore and emo genres since the end of the…

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Thomas Rhett

            Thomas Rhett has returned with his latest 16-song LP, Center Point Road. In his account, it is a record fuelled by nostalgia of life growing up in his hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee- evidenced by the title of the song, which is named after a road in the town itself. Thematically, it has all the…

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Santana

            Legendary Latin rock pioneer Carlos Santana has returned with Africa Speaks, a collection of African-inspired songs laced with his eclectic mix of rock, Latin music, jazz and jazz fusion. Despite the intentional lack of high-profile guest stars in exchange for various appearances from ethnic singers Buika and Laura Mvula, among others, the album has…

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KWS

A master bluesman by anyone’s definition, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has returned with The Traveller, another addition to his catalogue of originals. At the mere age of 42, Shepherd has already accomplished a lot: He’s opened for Van Halen, Aerosmith and Bob Dylan. He’s formed the blues band of his dreams, The Rides, with Stephen Stills…

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