Pre-sale of the week: Metallica – S&M2, out 28 August

The S&M2 concerts by Metallica with San Francisco Symphony in September 2019 were historic on multiple levels, serving as the grand opening of San Francisco’s Chase Center, reuniting the band and orchestra for the first time since the 1999 performances captured on the Grammy-winning S&M album, and featuring the first-ever symphonic renditions of songs written…

Pre-sale of the week: Emily Barker – A Dark Murmuration Of Words, out 4 September

On A Dark Murmuration Of Words, Emily Barker contends with a modern era built on racial and gender inequality, poverty and slavery, environmental exploitation and the climate crisis, finding them all connected by the dark shadow of patriarchy, pursuits of power, and the suppression of history. “Finding meaning becomes challenging with the deafening clamour of…

Pre-sale of the week: Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was, out 21 August

A lone pair of footsteps meanders down a street in Omaha, into the neighbourhood bar and then into a near-imperceptible tangle of conversations – about wars, sleepless nights – a surrealist din pushing against the sound of ragtime. Then, as the background quiets, a line rings out clearly: “I think about how much people need…