Rock

Before Beirut was wrecked by the civil war fought in its streets between 1975 and 1990, it was called “the Paris of the East”. It was a city of bars and boulevards, philosophers and poets – and, it could readily be imagined, wry and reflective singer-songwriters of the calibre of Rogér Fakhr, crooning in some
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With Anything Can’t Happen, Canadian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dorothea Paas has crafted one of the most stirring and emotionally resonant break-up albums of recent years, a candid retelling of heartache that doesn’t weaponise pain but instead embraces such darkness as a necessary pairing with light. A veteran of the Canadian DIY and experimental music
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Dennis DeYoung has released his final studio album, 26 East, Vol. 2, along with a high-octane new single titled “There’s No Turning Back Time.” The progressive mini-epic opens with clean guitar arpeggios and DeYoung’s plaintive vocals. The song builds intensity as it approaches the middle, stacking DeYoung’s vocal harmonies atop distorted power chords, sprightly keyboard riffs and a dizzying synthesizer solo.
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The Vigilis Project compels the listener to enter an enforced visit to an imaginary realm. Their progressive music is song and vocal driven with a dazzling vibrant fusion of acoustic melodies, intense, modern, heavy tones, colorful harmonics, crooked meter and subtle orchestral sound designs. At the helm of the project is songwriter, singer, guitarist and
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The past three months haven’t delivered a huge bounty of reissues and archival recordings, but there have been some great records nonetheless. The usual assortment of deluxe editions, super deluxe editions and vinyl-and-multi-disc-stuffed box sets arrived. But there are also sets dedicated to a lost ’60s band’s entire recording output and an album including the last
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The Weeknd has taken part in a USAID government meeting in which he was briefed about the “devastating” crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia. The Canadian singer-songwriter (real name Abel Tesfaye) sat down for the virtual meeting on Thursday (June 10) with USAID’S administrator Samantha Power, and National Security Director Colin Thomas-Jensen among others. Sharing screenshots from the
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Wolfgang Van Halen successfully lives up to his family name while carving out a separate identity and sound on his debut album, Mammoth WVH. This is quite a narrow needle to thread, at an undeniably difficult time for the younger Van Halen, whose guitar-hero father Eddie died in October 2020. In addition to his personal grief, the reverence
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