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The Weeknd Unveils Three After Hours Bonus Tracks: Stream

The Weeknd’s latest album, After Hours, may be over a week old, but its tracklisting continues to grow. Today, a trio of new bonus tracks —  “Nothing Compares”, “Missed You”, and “Final Lullaby” — have become available. Stream all three below. The new songs feature additional production and songwriting from After Hours collaborators Ricky Reed …

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Dave Grohl, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong More Perform on Elton John’s Living Room Concert for America: Watch

Say goodbye to the quarantine blues. On Sunday night, Elton John hosted the virtual benefit livestream “iHeart Living Room Concert for America” featuring everyone from Billie Eilish to Dave Grohl and it’s the biggest pick-me-up you could imagine. Watch a replay below. The highly anticipated concert was organized last minute to replace the originally scheduled …

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Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud review – fierce and ambitious but hard to love

(Merge) Sobriety can smooth any artist’s fuzzy edges. Named after the Alabama creek that runs behind her childhood home, Katie Crutchfield, AKA Waxahatchee, ditched alcohol for good before making her fifth album, Saint Cloud, which sees her sound leap from reverb-laden indie rock to glossy, radio-friendly country. But even though her work has become progressively …

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Waxahatchee: Saint Cloud review – the best album of the year so far

(Merge Records)With tracks that nestle in heartache and bask in hard-won wisdom, this is an artefact of American song that measures up to Dylan at his peak According to the title of her previous album, Alabama songwriter Katie Crutchfield was Out in the Storm, playing breakup songs with a hulking rhythm section. On the follow-up, …

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The Chats: High Risk Behaviour review – dorkish fun from Aussie pub poets

(Bargain Bin)The Queensland rockers prove that it takes a lot of musical skill to sound so gleefully stupid in this witty debut After some colourful YouTube videos that went viral and two acclaimed EPs, Dave Grohl/Iggy Pop-favoured Aussies the Chats’ “shed rock” debut blazes out of Queensland with a similar short, sharp shock to that …

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Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia review – a true pop visionary

(Warner Music)Britain’s biggest female star tightens her grip on the crown with a viscerally brilliant second album Dua Lipa could have taken an easy path to sustaining her status as Britain’s most successful female pop star on album number two. A few Ed Sheeran co-writes, some savvy collaborations, 17 tracks (one for every Spotify genre …

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Rihanna Joins PartyNextDoor For New Song “Believe It”: Stream

Rihanna does a lot these days, from building a makeup empire to donating millions to coronavirus relief efforts, but releasing new music hasn’t been at the top of her to-do list. Today, however, Rihanna links up with PartyNextDoor for a new collaboration called “Believe It”, and it might just be what gets us through the weekend. At …

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