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Rewinding 2019 | The Rock Stars

The best and the rest of the year's rockin’ big-name offerings.

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Every year, another bunch of hipster-doofus youngsters try to rile up the old farts by smugly proclaiming that rock is dead. To which I say: OK, millennial. Instead of telling me, maybe you should try to DM some of the artists below, since they didn’t seem to get the message in 2019:


TINNITIST’S PICK

Drivin N Cryin
Live the Love Beautiful

WHO ARE THEY? The hard-hitting, shape-shifting southern alt-rock vets fronted by singer-guitarist Kevn Kinney.

WHAT IS THIS? The 34-year-old band’s breathtakingly powerful and devastatingly thought-provoking ninth studio album — which just so happens to be their first full-length since 2009’s The Great American Bubble Factory (which was followed by a series of EPs).

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Their biggest, fullest creation in decades — if not their entire career — thanks in no small part to producer (and singer-songwriter) Aaron Lee Tasjan. He expands and bolsters Kinney’s politically charged lyrics and pointed vocals with multiple layers of jangling paisley guitars and psychedelic keyboards when it’s called for — and strips things down to the bare bones when it isn’t.

READ THE FULL REVIEW AND HEAR THE ALBUM HERE


HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Biffy Clyro | Balance, Not Symmetry Soundtrack
The Black Keys | ‘Let’s Rock’
Coldplay | Everyday Life
Death Cab For Cutie | The Blue EP
Elbow | Giants of All Sizes
Perry Farrell | Kind Heaven
Sam Fender | Hypersonic Missiles
Flaming Lips | King’s Mouth: Music and Songs
Liam Gallagher | Why Me? Why Not.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | Black Star Dancing EP
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | This Is The Place EP
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | Wait & Return EP
Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders | Get the Money
The Hold Steady | Thrashing Thru the Passion
Jimmy Eat World | Surviving
Danko Jones | A Rock Supreme
Keane | Cause & Effect
Muse | Simulation Theory
The National | I Am Easy to Find
Pixies | Beneath the Eyrie
The Raconteurs | Help Us Stranger
Bruce Springsteen | Western Stars
Tool | Fear Inoculum
Weezer | Weezer (The Black Album)
Weezer | Weezer (The Teal Album)
Vampire Weekend | Father of the Bride
Volbeat | Rewind, Replay, Rebound
The Wildhearts | Renaissance Men
Pete Yorn | Caretaker

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