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The Listening Room: Halestorm, Dropkick Murphys, "Hidden Figures" and more...

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, January 6, 2017

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This week's new and noteworthy music releases include...

Dropkick Murphys, "11 Stories of Pain & Glory" (Born & Bred): The Boston Celtic rock troupe's ninth studio album, and first since 2013, was recorded in Texas, the group's first recording trip away from home.

Brian Eno, "Reflection" (Warp): The music auteur's latest release returns him to the ambient realm with a 54-minute continuous piece of music on which he performs nearly everything.

Gone Is Gone, "Echolocation" (Rise): The full-length debut from the all-star Los Angeles group whose members hail from Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and At The Drive-In.

Halestorm, "ReAniMate 3.0: the CoVeRs EP" (Atlantic): Halestorm's third covers EP includes songs by Joan Jett, Soundgarden, Metallica and more.

"Hidden Figures: Original Score" (Columbia): Pharrell Williams, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch penned the instrumental music for the new film about a trio of African-American women who provided heroic mathematical support for John Glenn's inaugural orbit space flight.

Devin Shelton, "Sensation" (BC Music): The Emery co-frontman steps out on his own and back into R&B for his second solo album.

Also Out: Chasing Safety, "Nomad" (Cooking Vinyl); Dead Sun Rising, "Speed Chaser" (This Charming Man); Michael Dease, "All These Hands" (Post-Tone); Gosta Berlings Saga, "Sersophane" (Icosahedron); Insanity Alert, "Moshburger" (This Charming Man); Nightwish, "Vehicle Of Spirit" (Nuclear Blast); Polypytch, "Defying the Metastasis" (Blood Harvest); Kelley Ryan, "Telescope" (Manatee); Savoy, "Lackluster Me" (Karisma); Seela, "Track You Down" (self-released); Elan Sicroff and Thomas de Hartmann, "The Thomas de Hartmann Project" (Basta); Various Artists, "Cold Waves of Color 4" (Lion Productions); Kelly Zirbes, "Bittersweet" (Kelly's Lot)

From The Vaults: Kathleen Battle, "The Complete Sony Recordings" (Sony/Naxos); Metallica, "To Live Is To Die: Live at the Market Square Arena" (EGG Raid); Motorpsycho, "Angels & Daemons at Play" (Rune Grammofon); (New England, "Live at the Regent Theatre" (MRI)

Soundtracks: "Assassin`s Creed: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Verve); "The Bye Bye Man: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" (Sony Classical)

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