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JON C. IRESON’S BEST ALBUMS OF THE 2010’S

It’s list season and a particularly abundant one as we near the end of a decade. Plenty of great music to fill many scrolls but I’ve handpicked 50  of the records that spoke to me the most over the last 10 years. With the diversity of musical output increasing exponentially with each decade, it’s become...

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State of the Industry Address

State of the Industry Address: Taking a look at the music industry and counter-culture as we head into another decade. by Jon C. Ireson Where are we now? Where…are…we…now? I’m Jon Ireson and this is to be a “State of the Industry” address, taking a look at where music is as we are about to...

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7 of the Best Bands at Reading & Leeds 2014

Probably the most favoured festivals of the UK’s youth; Reading and Leeds 2014 have just announced a sizeable chunk of the bands on offer for this summer’s shindig. Here’s a look at a select few of those bands and artists… 1. Metronomy Their fourth album, ‘Love Letters’, has just been released to critical acclaim, and with...

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Arctic Monkeys walk past midnight on subdued “AM”

Arctic Monkeys newest, fifth album, AM, may be the best collection of songs to hear while walking in a big city after midnight. It’s filled with an attitude of cool nonchalance and a tempo that remains mid-level throughout. Out only a few weeks, AM has already been nominated for the Mercury Prize, the UK’s gift for...

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Queens Of The Stone Age get hard and soft on rock and roll classic

God, it feels good when that first strike of sludge guitar hits on Queens Of The Stone Age’s new album, …Like Clockwork. First track, “Keep Your Eyes Peeled,” travels at a lowly lurk, like carefully stepping through a graveyard at night. Frontman Josh Homme takes deep painful stabs on his downtuned guitar while distressed ghouls...

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