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Alternative & Indie - Released April 30, 2021 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Boston's unofficial house band Dropkick Murphys returned after an absence of four years with their tenth set Turn Up That Dial. Rousing and raucous as ever, the album doesn't veer far from their tried-and-true formula of Celtic-influenced punk anthems. In addition to expected fare such as "Middle Finger" and "Smash Shit Up," the boys get serious with the politically charged "Chosen Few" -- both an observation of American society during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic and an indictment of U.S. presidential leadership during that time -- and "I Wish You Were Here," a midtempo ballad dedicated to vocalist Al Barr's late father and other lives lost to the coronavirus. Aside from that final somber moment, the rest of the LP is an absolute blast, yet another collection of reliable singalongs to "Oi!" your cares away. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 1, 2021 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 23, 2021 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 27, 2020 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 26, 2020 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Rock - Released April 10, 2020 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Rock - Released January 31, 2020 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 23, 2018 | [PIAS] Cooperative

New music? Not quite, it's the debut EP of Two Door Cinema Club, Four Words To Stand On, released for streaming 10 years since its original conception. The Northern Irishmen have pulled this EP out of the wordworks with three original demos of some of their biggest hits, including the smash hit Undercover Martyn from their debut album Tourist History. As well as these demos, the band have gifted us with two unheard tracks, with New Houses and Standing on Ghosts, a real treat for its die hard fans. Written and produced back when they were sixteen years old and in secondary school in County Down, the EP comes along with a mini documentary of one of the groups first concerts in Belfast back in 2008. There’s a real nostalgic feel to this compilation as the trio display their raw talents and uncanny ability to have some of the catchiest guitar riffs and choruses around. Jump around, sway from side to side and enjoy! © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 8, 2018 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 6, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 1, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

As much as people who grew up during the '90s might not want to admit it, that decade's artists are essentially classic rock to the generations of bands and listeners who followed. One of INHEAVEN's biggest influences is Smashing Pumpkins, who easily spanned gossamer ballads and thundering rock during their heyday. The South London band has nearly as much range on its self-titled debut album as INHEAVEN mix and match grunge, shoegaze, and Brit-pop influences, though they sound most convincing on more melodic songs like "Drift"'s dream pop and the pretty power ballad "Do You Dream." They're at their most intriguing when they reach beyond the '90s to reveal a surprising -- and surprisingly effective -- fondness for older sounds. There's a little bit of '70s glam rock to the brassy opener "Baby's Alright"; the charged riffs on "Stupid Things" feel equally indebted to Bruce Springsteen and the Jesus and Mary Chain; and "Vultures" borrows as much from Black Sabbath as it does Billy Corgan and company. While former singles such as the U2 and Killers-indebted "Bitter Town" and fuzz-laden anthem "Regeneration" remain highlights -- and underscore INHEAVEN's social consciousness -- new cuts like "Real Love" and "Velvet" add depth to the album, and suggest there's more to the band than skillful pastiche. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 24, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 5, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 6, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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On Dropkick Murphys' ninth full-length, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, the Boston staples smooth their edges with some restraint, delivering triumphant anthems and some surprisingly heartfelt expressions. At this point in their careers, the boys are experts at what they do: Pogues-meets-Rancid singalongs for working-class Southie rabble to soundtrack evenings of booze-soaked revelry and camaraderie. They do not disappoint on 11 Short Stories. In fact, this release ends up being the most stylistically varied -- as far as Dropkick goes -- of their catalog. It is less rollicking and ferocious than prior albums -- the hilarious barroom-brawl tune "I Had a Hat" is the closest they come to old-school off-the-wall nostalgia -- a tone shift that is understandable considering their collective ages and elder status as Boston's favorite house band. Classic rock nods provide comforting familiarity -- a "We Will Rock You" Queen-stomp buffers "Paying My Way," while the proletarian spirit of Springsteen drifts through the entire set -- plugging Dropkick into an adjacent genre that might hint at the future trajectory for the band. Their Celtic roots still dig deep and provide the most emotional depth on the LP. Opener "The Lonesome Boatman" is a powerfully rousing start, a muscular reimagining of the Fureys' haunting 1969 tin whistle lament. A bagpipe-infused cover of the Carousel tune "You'll Never Walk Alone" is one of a handful of moments dedicated to victims of the opioid crisis and the band's addiction recovery efforts via their Claddagh Fund organization. However, it's the Boston Marathon bombing ode, "4-15-13," that packs the biggest wallop. Whether intentional or not, the song begins with a bittersweet melody that recalls the Titanic theme, tugging the heartstrings before Al Barr even starts singing. Not only a memorial to the late Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, and Sean Collier -- as well as the hundreds maimed and injured that day -- "4-15-13" is a cathartic, healing gift to the entire city of Boston. On the 11th and final "story," "Until the Next Time," the band bid listeners a touching goodbye and goodnight with a perfectly crafted theme song for every last call (or concert encore) in Boston from now until the end of time. These 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory are deliberate in their intent -- uplifting numbers for swaying shoulder-to-shoulder with friends before emptying out of the bars onto the dark concrete of Lansdowne on a Friday (or Wednesday) night. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 6, 2017 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 16, 2016 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 2, 2016 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 25, 2016 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 21, 2016 | [PIAS] Cooperative

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