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Idles: Ultra Mono review – pummelling riffs and desolate beauty

(Partisan) The Bristol punks return with more precision-tooled muscularity and a hint that they won’t be hidebound by genre The ascent of Bristol punks Idles from thrilling cult live proposition to unlikely Top 5 album stars in 2018 was remarkable. It was even more so when you consider that their sound owes far less to …

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Sad13: Haunted Painting review – the singular vision of Sadie Depuis

(Wax Nine)The US multi-instrumentalist stops at nothing on her ambitious yet playful second solo album The indie rock of Speedy Ortiz – Sadie Dupuis’s main vehicle – has often taken wayward musical paths. Dupuis’s music has DIY roots, but has long eyed up more grandiose sounds. On her second solo outing as Sad13, the east …

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Deftones: Ohms review – fighting time and tide with undimmed ferocity

(Reprise)The Sacramento band’s ninth album streamlines their experimentalism and adds a hit of 90s nu-metal Deftones’ dedication to expanding the boundaries of metal has set them apart from their contemporaries. Nonetheless, their experimental bent doesn’t dampen their music’s equally potent hit of 1990s nostalgia: their ninth album, Ohms, feels more pre-9/11 America than Fred Durst’s …

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A Swayze and the Ghosts: Paid Salvation review – a faultless debut

(Rough Trade)Angry, tuneful and woke – this Tasmanian punk band dazzle on all counts No one turns to garage punk for its compositional originality. The genre’s evergreen swagger rarely fails to supply uplift, however, and newcomers A Swayze and the Ghosts have refined the nervy charge of the Ramones and Television down to a fine …

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Ava Max: Heaven & Hell review – turbo-charged 2010’s pop joy

(Atlantic)Back to the era of prime Gaga and Katy Perry with nailed-on melodies and high-wire vocals – this album is determined to entertain When Katy Perry’s Smile album recently failed to worry the top of the global charts it apparently rang the death knell for capital P pop. “Life and listening have become too complex …

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Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper Get Religious on New Song “Holy”: Stream

When he’s not hosting illegal, maskless birthday parties, Justin Bieber spends his days attending church and practicing Christianity. While he’s gone on the record to say he doesn’t consider himself “religious” per say, the pop star appears comfortable acknowledging his faith in song now — or at least that’s the… Please click the link below …

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Bruno Mars Produces J-Pop Group ARASHI’s New Song “Whenever You Call”: Stream

By now, K-pop has proven its long-term appeal with American audiences, and J-pop is eager to do the same. Japanese fans have been soaking up the joy of their country’s own original pop music for decades now. Now, Western audiences can join in the fun thanks to ARASHI, one of… Please click the link below …

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Sam Smith Announces New Album Love Goes, Shares “Diamonds”: Stream

Sam Smith has announced their new album. It’s called Love Goes and it’s due out October 30th via Capitol. To accompany the news, Smith has shared a dance-ready single called “Diamonds”, alongside an accompanying music video. Love Goes is Smith’s third studio album to date, following their 2014 debut In the Lonely… Please click the link below …

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Billie Eilish Guests on Kevin Malone’s Oral History of The Office Podcast: Stream

Earlier this summer, the 15th anniversary of The Office was celebrated with the launch of a new Spotify podcast hosted by the one and only Kevin Malone, a.k.a. Brian Baumgartner. Titled An Oral History of The Office, the 12-episode series is coming to a close today, and its finale features… Please click the link below …

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