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The Year In Review June 2023

On June 15th, hard rock icons Queens of the Stone Age released their celebrated 8th studio album, In Times New Roman…. The results are instantly identifiable; QOTSA’s sonic signature, expanded and embellished with new and unprecedented twists in virtually every song, a live in-a-room recording that showcases a band at the height of their creative powers. In Times New Roman… is a party for the obscene and the clean, the outcasts and the weirdos, and anyone and everyone in between. It’s Raw, brutal & rough around the edges, but with a refinement that reveals itself further with each successive listen — with QOTSA founder Joshua Homme’s lyrics as witty and withering as ever. The 11 track Double-LP arrived on 4 Limited Edition Colour Variants (Green, Red, Clear Blue and Metallic Silver), along with black vinyl and CD. Incase you’ve been living under a rock, QOTSA are set to embark on a 12-date coast to coast Canadian tour, and tickets are available now.

Watch the video for album standout “Emotion Sickness” below:

On June 9th, just a week before QOTSA, This Is The Kit, the group led by Paris-based bandleader Kate Stables, returned with a wondrous new album, Careful Of Your Keepers, produced by Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals). The album is daring and soft, cutting and warm, and a wild feat of complexity and combined dispositions. There’s a shared language of the band’s family experience that is as audible as ever in these recordings, which boast beautiful instrumental performances that still leave the nuanced space required for Stables’ vocals to live at the forefront. Careful Of Your Keepers, according to Stables, is rooted in “The fragility of things. Of situations. Of relationships. Of humans. What we do to look after each other and ourselves. The passing of time and what that does to us, and how we live our lives going forward.”

Listen to “Inside Outside” Below: