Does It Rock? September Round-up

Summers over, time to put out this bumper Spotify Mix

Listen now on Spotify>>> – Sep 11 Mix

1) Maybeshewill – Critical Distance … An Epic classically backed instrumental rock that sparks ultimate euphoria!
2) Banquets – Forever Bender … Pop Punk leading lights have new rivals to contend with, energetic and massively enjoyable.
3) Fucked Up – Ship Of Fools … Punk has never sounded this good!
4) Blood Command – Summon The Arsonist … Scandenavian alt rockers mix up electronica, metal and punk with this frenzied, in your face track.
5) Bomb the Music Industry! – Can’t Complain … Sweet and melodic, a refreshing song from ever changing DIY punks
6) Dananananaykroyd – Muscle Memory … Fight Poppers return with this corking tune
7) Alkaline Trio – Calling All Skeltons … This classic punk track gets the acoustic makeover, still brilliant!
8) The Trews – Hope & Ruin … Canada’s unsung rock hero’s return with a brilliant new album, this is the corking title track.
9) Thrice – Yellow Belly … Epically brooding rock from the heavyweights of the US alternative rock community.
10) Arctic Monkeys – Library Pictures … The highest the fuzz counter gets on the latest Monkeys offering.
11) The Subways – Like I Love You … Chirpy and infectious pop rock tune from this british rock trio.
12) Laura Marling – The Beast … Superbly talented and so powerful with her beautiful vocals, the nu-folk superstar returns.
13) Black Tide – That Fire … The highlight of a disappointing foray into BFMV country, steering away from their trad heavy metal clout.
14) Hawthorne Heights – Is This What You Wanted? … Emotionally charged post-hardcore which demands attention.
15) Icon For Hire – Make A Move … The new Paramore perhaps? More focused on the rock but the pop sheen clear to see.
16) Opeth – Häxprocess … Steeped in the 70’s, prog rock hero’s are back (in time).
17) Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle … Delightfully different, BBC throw their latest curveball.
18) No Americana – Wax Poetic … Startlingly accomplished track from this brilliant new Brummy band.
19) Chickenfoot – Big Foot … Satch and Hagar are back to kick out asses with their hard hitting classic rock!
20) The Treatment – D***k, F**K,F***T … Rock and Roll chaos driven by baddass guitars, awesome vocals and a thumping melody.
21) Rose Hill Drive – Baby Doncha Know Your Man? … One of the best hard rock acts return with fuzz pedal workout.
22) The Brew – Immogen Molly … Dripping in retro style, the Brew’s latest album is a must for all blues fans.
23) The Kooks – Rosie … Jolly little pop ditty marks the return of the seaside boys latest dreamier album Junk of The Heart.
24) Zebrahead – Blackout … Rap and Punk Rock combine with finesse with this highly contagious tune.
25) Every Avenue – Whatever Happened To You … Pop Punk Anthem of the Month.Spotify Playlist

Spotify Playlist – Sep 11 Mix May Round-Up

After a months absence, the new music round-up is back and available for your listenign pleasure on Spotify!

Listen now >>> – May 11 Mix

1) Black Stone Cherry – White Trash Millionaire … The vocal wah makes a welcome return on BSC’s latest single, hard rock greatness!
2) Halestorm – Bad Romance … GaGa just got an ass kickin from Lzzy Hale’s amazing vocals. Rocked up this pop tune sounds amazing!
3) Art Brut – Axl Rose … Art Brut gets the Frank Black make-over, jury’s out on whether it suits.
4) The Computers – Music Is Dead … The Blues has gone punk in the hands of The Computers. A Rockin’ Riot!
5) And So I Watch You from Afar – Search:Party:Animal … Epic instrumental from this excilleratingly talented band.
6) Twin Atlantic – Crash Land … Softer moment from impressive debut album, Free.
7) Frank Turner – Shut The Chicken … A DIY ethos on this joyous smiley ditty, couldn’t fail to brighten your day.
8) Eureka Machines – These Are The People Who Live In My House … UK Band’s latest poppy rock single is a euphoric singalong affair.
9) You Animals – Halfway To Heartbreak … British indie rock upstarts play a great breed of infections riff fuelled pop punk.
10) Panic! At The Disco – The Ballad Of Mona Lisa … Less urgency in their progressing years, but still have an ear for a soaring chorus anthem.
11) Manchester Orchestra – Pensacola … Calculated and brilliantly writen indie rock, catchy and intelligent.
12) Young Legionnaire – Twin Victory … Fuzzier than a bear in a washing machine, taken from their muscular placebo-esque debut!
13) Amaranthe – Hunger … Cliched electro fused heavy metal, female vocals amd insistant vocals keep it fresh.
14) Clutch – Mercury … Riffmeisters re-release this utter corker.
15) Skindred – Warning … Reggae Heavy Metal, say no more.
16) Protest The Hero – C’est la Vie … Super technical metal. Fret blazing madness!
17) Okkervil River – Rider … US folkie’s return with this nice little tune.
18) Silverstein – Sacrifice … US Post-hardcore mainstays mix up breezy melodies and clean vocals with throaty howls and chugging guitars.
19) Unwritten Law – Superbad … Blues riff driven tune from this power pop bands latest LP Swans
20) Yellowcard – The Sound Of You And Me … A welcome return to form from this violin wielding pop punk band

Spotify Playlist – May 11 Mix November Round-up

Being honest, there was not a great deal to shout about in November. So I started trawling through my backlog of recommendations and came up with this fine collection of excellent tunes.

Listen now >>> – Nov 10 Mix

1) Alter Bridge – Isolation … Alter Bridge return with a corker, despite the band being their total commitment.
2) Kvelertak – Blodtørst … Fast and furious punk energy and metal riffing from this superb Norwegian discovery.
3) Voodoo Johnson – Burn … Even with lead singer departing thius month, nothing is stopping the Voodoo Johnson hard rocking gang a rollin’
4) My Chemical Romance – Vampire Money … MCR play the bar room blues?? I didn’t believe it untill I heard it either!
5) Voodoo Six – Long Way From Home Built on the good debut to form a stonking second LP Fluke?
6) Blood Command – Art For The Sake Of Art … Norwegians channel the spirit of the Blood Brothers on this relentless track.
7) Bo Ningen – 4 Seconds To Ascension … London based Japanese noise rockers are adept at creating canyon sized waves of overdriven energy.
8) Ice, Sea, Dead People – Laser Brain … Art punks are intent on making a glorious racket.
9) Chicken Hawk – Scorpieau … Leeds Rock revolution’s latest offering, brutal and melodic, frenzied alt-metal!
10) Elliott Smith – Pictures Of Me … Fine moment from recent early days best of, from this underrated singer-songwriter
11) The Walkmen – Juveniles … Moody and purposefully sparse yet intimate indie rock is The Walkmen’s  strength, shown off here in abundance.
12) Weezer – Blowin’ My Stack ... Far greater than a B-Side should ever really be, 2010 has been a good year for the Weezer boys.
13) Fu Manchu – Shift Kicker … Californian fuzzy alt-rockers are back and blowing amps away as always! 
14) Karma To Burn – Forty-Two … Experimental hard rockers have instrumental greatness, gigantic riffs, bundles of melody & numbered track names! 
15) Union – You Know My Name … 2 old hands in the hard rock alumni return to bring this southern influenced bluesy blast of brilliance.
16) Jayce Lewis – Icon … Dance music for the rockers to groove to.
17) Electric Six – Countdown to the Countdown … Rare shimmer of former highs on poor latest album Zodiac
18) Ray Davies – Days/This Time Tomorrow … Mumford and Sons lend a hand and put a great new spin on this classically British tune.
19) The Greenhornes – Satisfy My Mind … The other 2 from the Raconteurs had another band too, these 60’s Retro rocking Greenhorne’s
20) Good Charlotte – Let The Music Play …
Pop Punk Anthem for November!

Spotify Playlist – Nov 10 Mix October Round-up

October was a bumper month for cracking new releases. Here are some of our favourites we’ve heard over the last 30 days in a handy spotify playlist!

Listen now >>> – Oct 10 Mix

1) Foxy Shazam – Count Me Out … A crazy mix of Glam, Pop wrapped in alt rock . Creative, original and damn catchy!
2) Miyavi – What’s My Name? … This J-Rock hero gone solo seriously guy knows how to play guitar!
3) Ginger – Yeah Yeah YeahWildhearts driving force displays just why he is such a precious pop maestro
4) The Pineapple Thief – Nothing At Best … Mega catchy & utterly creative Prog Rock number
5) The Phantom Band – A Glamour … Indie swooning gives way to a beautiful thudding riff
6) The Jim Jones Revue – Elemental … Imagine Jerry Lee Lewis plugged into a Marshall stack, playing during a drunken bar room brawl…genius!
7) Kings Of Leon – Pony Up … One of few high points from lacklustre latest album.
8) Superchunk – Crossed Wires … Testing the punk element in their Pop-Punk formula
9) Calories – Habitations … Jangly, scratchy guitars and indieness in abundance on this rocky number
10) Kassidy – Take Another Ride … Three country tinged acoustics make sweet pop music
11) Dinosaur Pile-Up – Birds & Planes … Outstanding opening to their latest album
12) Tame Impala – The Bold Arrow Of Time … Psychedelia with fuzzed up riffing and general dreamy meanderings
13) Bad Religion – Only Rain … Back to basics high ocatane punk is back in the hands of the genre’s masters
14) Murderdolls – Summertime Suicide … Big chords and choruses dripping with the sleaze rock vibes
15) Volbeat – Heaven Nor Hell … Scandinavians produce amazing album full of anthemic hard rock!
16) Bring Me The Horizon – It Never Ends … UK kids wrestle with many metal genres and come out on top
17) Tweak Bird – Sky Ride … Fuzzy, Bluesy, Noisy, Epic, Heavy, etc…
18) Joe Satriani – Light Years Away … God of guitar returns with his best studio album in years, a more chilled affair!
19) Jimmy Eat World – My Best Theory … Godfathers of emo return with another solid single
20) Anberlin – Impossible … Pop Punk Anthem of the month is a cut above the usual genre fodder

Spotify Playlist – Oct 10 Mix September Round-up

After a months Hiatus, we are back with the best tunes released over August & September.

Listen now >>> – Sep 10 Mix

1) Carpark North – Just Human … Incredible Electro anthem with soaring feelgood vocals & huge melodic hooks! A classic in waiting!
2) The Sword – Tres Brujas … Thumping Hard Rock from the Sword’s latest Sci-Fi epic album Warp Riders
3) Weezer – Memories … The new Weezer album Hurley split the DiR team in two, time to make your own mind up!
4) Sweetapple – Do You Remember … J Mascis branches out from Dino Jr. on this famliar sounding pop-rock project!
5) Black Mountain – Let Spirits Ride … How to play a homage to vintage 70’s rock? Listen and learn!
6) Paul Gilbert – Plastic Dracula … Shredder extraordinaire revels on his latest Fuzz Universe album, instrumental guitar-work of their highest order!
7) Les Savy Fav – Dirty Knails … Ramshakle energy and spiky guitar riffs drive this cool rocker
8)The Thermals – Your Love Is So Strong … Last weeks featured record gets thumbs up from the team
9) Oli Brown – No Diggity … Young British blues prodigy reworks this r’n’b classic, make sure you check this guy out!
10) Violent Soho – Jesus Stole My Girlfriend … Cobain followers do a good job at grunge revival
11) Manic Street Preachers – (It’s Not War) Just The End Of Love … Manic’s may have lost their bite, but their melody making is still as good as ever!
12) Interpol – Barricade … Gloom merchants are back with their latest Self Titled 3rd album
13) Goo Goo Dolls – Sweetest Lie … Yet another soaring pop-rock anthem from the genre’s most consistant performers
14) Eels – Spectacular Girl … ‘E’ shows that he does have a cheery side after all!
15) Blind Guardian – Tanelorn (Into The Void) … Legendary Power Metallers return with this fantasy war-cry.
16) Wavves – Super Soaker … Psychadelia twisted rock riffs with echoed vocals are strangley compelling.
17) Grinderman – Evil … Nick Cave goes scuzz blues. Slightly bonkers but vocal hook keeps this from falling apart.
18) Buckcherry – It’s A Party … One of few high points on rather uninspiring latest LP from these American Hard Rockers
19) Apocalyptica – End Of Me … Hard Rock on Cello’s, beautiful and brash…need I say more?
20) Rufio – Under 18 … Pop Punk Anthem of the Month!

Does It Rock? May Round-up

Plenty of great albums were released this month and we here at have picked the best of the bunch to bring to you in a handy Spotify playlist! The widest variety of music in one playlist your likely to find!

Listen now >>> – May 10 Mix

1) Coheed & Cambria – Here We Are Juggernaut … C&C’s prog goodness has been ramped up with this plundering bass heavy tune.

2) Still Flyin’– Good Thing It’s A Ghost Town Around Here ... Abundance of supremely jubilant pop music from this Frisco collective. One of the higlights of ATP.

3) TubelordNight Of Pencils … Dananananaykroyd had better watch their backs as Tubelord are after their alt-pop crown.

4) Spiral Stairs True Love … Started the ATP weekend on a high, the sing-a-long baby cries are especially distinctive.

5) MeatloafLove Is Not Real … Put guitar legends Vai, Hawkins and May together with rocks most rotund ambassador and you have a flair happy, riffing epic. DiR? Review

6) MGMT – Brian Eno … The bright spark of a disappointing MGMT release DiR? Review

7) The Hold Steady – Soft In The Centre … A rockier outlook from The Hold Steady on their latest album. DiR? Review

8) Danko Jones – Tonight Is Fine …Danko are back to rock with their bluesy hard rock and roll with macho power and squealing guitars

9) Free Energy – Bang Pop … Rock with a 70’s sheen, produced by LCD man James Murphy.

10)The FutureheadsHeartbeat Song … Quirky norther rockers are back with a cracking little album, reminding us why mid 00’s brit-rock was so loved.

10) Joe BonamassaSteal Your Heart Away … Blues virtuoso JB is here to croon his way into your blues affections

11) The Glitterati – Fight Fight Fight … Hard rockers The Glitterati return after years in the abyss, stonking man rock incoming!

12) What Would Jesus Drive – Black & Blue … Youthful exhuberance aplenty on the debut album from this girl/boy vocalled band.

13) Bullet For My Valentine – The Last Fight … Welsh metallers return with a new album, moving further towards mainstream acceptance with this tune.

14) Band Of Horses – Compliments … Band of Horses have gone pop! Thrown out their softl indie-ness, with cracking tunes like this could soon be hitting the big time.

15) The Plight – Ball & Chain … This rocky guitar number is the backing tune to the next lucozade advert! The Plight are set to play Download Festival next month.

Does It Rock? March Round-Up

Plenty of great albums were released this month and we here at have picked the best of the bunch to bring to you in a handy Spotify playlist! The widest variety of music in one playlist your likely to find!

Listen now >>> – Mar 10 Mix

1) Airbourne – Raise The Flag … Get your beers and raise them to the sky to salute Australia’s “new” Hard Rockers of distinction. DiR? Review

2) Jimi Hendrix Experience – Sunshine Of Your Love ... New album from the legend and this cover is proof to show why he is ‘the’ original guitar god!

3) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Mama Taught Me Better …Coming out of their folk doldrums this tune is a kick back to those early years DiR? Review

4) Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Mourning In America… Indie rock with pop flowing though veins feeding a bold punk heart,  DiR? Review

5) Two Door Cinema Club – I Can Talk … Huge dancefloor filler of the electrock variety from promising uk band.

6) Gorillaz – Stylo (Feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack) … Albarn and co. are back with more hip-hop pop DiR? Review

7) The Automatic – Interstate … Going electro has added a cool edge to their once monotonous guitar pop. (Plus its sounds a bit like Motion CIty Soundtrack)

8) Lifehouse – All In … American radio hit for certain, catchy chorus…check, deep booming vocals…check, pop guitars…you get the picture…

9) Alphabeat – The Beat Is … Thoroughly disappointing second album from the once happiest band ever, this is a rare gem from said record.

10) Blood Red Shoes – Don’t Ask … More pop than punk but still can craft a chunky riff or two.

10) Laura Marling – Devil’s Spoke … Beautiful melodies, bleak landscaping and impassioned vocals from the slightly sombre uk folk starlet.

11) Goldfrapp – Rocket … 80’s electro-pop is the latest trend for Goldfrapp ditching the atmosphrics of their previous album.

12) Tunng – By Dusk They Were In The City … Scandinavian indie  pop, melodic and too cool for school.

13) Efterklang – Raincoats … Even more from the Nordic countries, this time its Erfterklang’s turn to sprinkle sparkling pop on the masses.

14) Liars – Scarecrows On A Killer Slant … Potent alt fuzz rock from the ever morphing meld that are Liars

15) Jimi Hendrix Experience – Bleeding Heart … Its not very often I’ll be able to say ,”Taken from the new Jimi Hendrix album” so I’m making the most of it! Psychedelia in its prime!

16) Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union … Prog rock meets indie and with this much energy and invention these guys will do well!

17) High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine … Wade through the heavy sludge metal to find an amazingly technical and fiery tune!

18) Scorpions – Raised On Rock … Aging German rockers proves there is still guitar gas in the tank as they churn out a cracking tune.

19) Broken Bells – The High Road … When the Shins got involved with Dangermouse this bright tune was the outcome.

20) Streetlight Manifesto – Just … The Streetlight gang have given the Radiohead classic a super happy ska punk makeover!