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Manic Street Preachers Remaster 'Gold Against the Soul' with Deluxe Edition

Whatever the reason or reasons why Manic Street Preachers' Gold Against the Soul remains the least celebrated of the band's storied career, this shiny and very impressive rerelease is an opportunity to rehabilitate it in the minds of many.

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David Bowie: 25 Deep Cuts (Playlist)

For all of the imagery that dominated the religiosity of David Bowie  --  the fashion, the characters, the hairstyles --  what matters most are the songs. Here are 25 killer deep-cut Bowie originals, album by album.

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Adam Lambert Gets Nostalgic on 'Velvet'

On his first album in five years, Adam Lambert finds his groove by moving in the right direction. Velvet feels effortless and natural, from the funk and disco beats to the synth and soft rock influences.

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Bobby Conn's 'Recovery' Is Occasionally Excellent

If Bobby Conn's Recovery were the kind of queer red disco deconstruction that it almost is, it would be excellent, but that's not even half the record's runtime.

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Scantron's 'Electric City' Is a Four-Song Blast of Engaging Garage Rock

Philadelphia garage rockers Scantron continue their "single-slinging" tradition on the satisfying, riff-heavy new EP, Electric City.

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Only After Dark: A Boxed Presentation of Mick Ronson's 1970s

The late David Bowie sideman, Mick Ronson may not have relished the solo spotlight but he still left behind a trove of rock goodies.

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The Darkness' New Album Is a Rock Jukebox Musical

Easter Is Cancelled is the Darkness' best album since their 2003 breakthrough Permission to Land.

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Mika Delivers Undeniably Catchy Hooks on 'My Name Is Michael Holbrook'

Mika's My Name Is Michael Holbrook contains some of his sharpest lyrical conceits and catchiest hooks, but is often undercut by its too-glossy production.

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Taron Egerton on His Technicolor Portrayal of Elton John in 'Rocketman'

Faced with the challenging task of portraying the iconic Elton John onscreen in Rocketman, Taron Egerton took the challenge head-on, to spectacular results.

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'Ashes to Ashes' Is the Second Half of Chris O’Leary’s Deep Dive into All Things Bowie

What began as a blog becomes Ashes to Ashes: The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016, a tome for fans and critics.

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Stumbling Into Town Like a Sacred Cow: 'Loving the Alien' Chronicles David Bowie in the '80s

The fourth in a series of David Bowie boxed sets, Loving the Alien (1983-1988) covers a period in the late artist's career than many hardcore fans would prefer to forget. Time for a reassessment.

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Native Sun Take a Walk Down "11th Street" With Glam Attitude (premiere)

Brooklyn outfit Native Sun channel glam rock's earliest, brightest moments on track that would make Mott the Hoople proud.

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Suede's Second Coming Continues with 'The Blue Hour'

Suede were never really part of the oafish Britpop scene and their dark, dramatic new album makes this more apparent than ever.

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Sleepless Nights Get T.Rex-ish With "Kids on Drugs" (premiere)

Canada's Sleepless Nights offer a new single, "Kids on Drugs", that could be the easy-to-sing hit of the late summer.

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David Bowie's 'Welcome to the Blackout' Is a Triumph

David Bowie's well-received Record Store Day 2018 collection goes on general release via CD, streaming and download.

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'Call the Comet' and the Magic Realism of Johnny Marr

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr releases his third solo album, Call the Comet, a dystopian collection of futuristic synths and killer riffs.

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Lenny Zenith Celebrates Beauty With "Suddenly Someone" (premiere)

Pioneering trans artist Lenny Zenith reminds listeners that it's about more than "a little surgery and a pronoun change" on "Suddenly Someone".

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Arctic Monkeys Make a Brilliant Shift of Their Sound on 'Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino'

Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino is an intriguing musical shift from Arctic Monkeys' wildly popular and massively dominating AM, but rooted in their style and progressive growth as musicians and performers.

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Spacehog's Royston Langdon Returns As Leeds and Asks "What Became of the People" (premiere + interview)

Spacehog's Royston Langdon returns with a new guise and observations on isolation and the role of the artist with his new track "What Became of the People".

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Manchester's Lucas Immortalizes "Anne Marie" With New Video, Single (premiere)

With nods from Cage the Elephant and Jimmy Page, Lucas' time in the sun is just around the corner as "Anne Marie" proves.

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'Resistance Is Futile' Is Manic Street Preachers' Pop Album with Some of Their Most Immediate Songs Ever

The songs on Manic Street Preachers' Resistance Is Futile come across as standalone, individual vignettes with each one seemingly written as a potential single.

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Lou Reed Gets the Gritty '70s-era New York Treatment in 'A Life'

Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis has written an arresting, confrontational, and oftentimes beautiful biography of the notoriously cagy musician.

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Kyle Craft Is Bringing Gonzo Journalism to Rock and Roll

Kyle Craft talks about Dylan, Bowie, his new album and why Sub Pop is more like a family than a business.

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Uni Drop Phantasmagoric "Mushroom Cloud" & Draw New Yorkers Out For Wild Experiences

Glam rock trio Uni gained a cult following across NYC with several live shows and are releasing "Mushroom Cloud" at the tail end of 2017.

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Kyle Craft - "The Rager" (track review)

In the official video for Kyle Craft's "The Rager", the singer/songwriter brings a sense of poetic tragedy to an intoxicating folk ballad.

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Queen: Queen on Air - The Complete BBC Radio Sessions

An early collection of BBC radio sessions show Britain's glam rock kings taking their painstaking technique to a looser environment, with often winning results.

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Kyle Craft: Dolls of Highland

Kyle Craft has no right to make a debut album this damn good.

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Earl Burrows: No Love for the Drowning

Earl Burrows is an intriguing, polychromatic, rock and roll entity. No Love for the Drowning, the band's debut, sports an astute, introspective nature, and an adventurous, exploratory urge.

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Mika: No Place in Heaven

No Place in Heaven is Mika's most assured and confident set of tunes since his debut, Life in Cartoon Motion.

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George Morris: We Will Go to Hell for This

Detroit troubadour merges the shimmering decadent of '70s glam rock, the subtleties of indie rock, and the danceable innovation of synth pop on sophomore solo LP.

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Counterbalance No. 151: T. Rex's 'Electric Warrior'

The 151st most acclaimed album of all time is built like a car. It’s got a hubcap diamond star halo. It’s dirty and sweet. Oh yeah. A 1971 cornerstone of glam rock is this week’s Counterbalance.

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Placebo: Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996-2004

Organized chronologically, Once More With Feeling provides both the casual and dedicated fan Placebo’s preeminent hits in one setting.

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Slim Twig: A Hound at the Hem

A Hound at the Hem is a pop record that completely forgets it’s a pop record.

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The Darkness: Hot Cakes

Hot Cakes is a lot like the guy who comes back to your high school reunion still hoping that you'll all laugh at the only good joke he ever told. After hearing it repeated 20 times, it still isn't that funny.

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Counterbalance No. 62: David Bowie’s 'Hunky Dory'

This week's Counterbalance is so swishy in its satin and tat, in its frock coat and bippity-boppety hat. Hunky Dory celebrates its 40th anniversary this week, and it's No. 62 on the Great List. Oh look out, you rock ’n’ rollers.

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'The Ballad of Mott The Hoople' Is for Those Who Love Mott the Hoople With All Their Might

There’s something missing from this story; there’s an insularity about the film that renders it just a notch or two above pure reminiscence.

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