Saturday, December 03, 2022

Seth Swirsky releases new single / music video "Christmas Eve"

Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Seth Swirsky has just released a wonderful new original holiday song titled "Christmas Eve." 

As Swirsky notes in connection with the captivating and tuneful track "The origin of this song is funny: I met a lovely woman at a Christmas party in New York City awhile back named Eve. We hit it off but she told me she was leaving the next morning to go back to L.A. where she lived. I said, 'I guess I have to wait till next year to see you at this Christmas party again, huh?'. And, for the next three years, that is when I saw Eve; on Christmas Eve at that annual party. She was literally my 'Christmas Eve'!"

Watch the newly-release music video "Christmas Eve" HERE.

Friday, December 02, 2022

New music: Ruthie Foster, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin & Jorma Kaukonen

Songstress Ruthie Foster, rock and roll great Bruce Springsteen, and classic rock notables Janis Joplin and Jorma Kaukonen are featured on new releases.

Ruthie Foster
Title: Healing Time (Blue Corn Music)
You might like if you enjoy: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, Ruthie Foster
Tell me more: Ruthie Foster's stirring ninth studio album Healing Time is a fantastic disc of genuine and authentic soul. No surprise that Foster delivers another batch of winning songs that soar, her vocals a constant wonder across the dozen-track disc that simultaneously showcases her immense skills as a top-tier songwriter. The gospel mining "Feels Like Freedom" brings chills with its power and beauty all while avoiding the modern day bombast that would diminish the might of the track. The potent and anthemic "Soul Searching" is an explosive celebration of love. Blues lovers will appreciate the longing "What Kind Of Fool," where the Austin songstress uses her full vocal range across the song's wonderful arc. The wistful "Lie Your Way To The Truth" dips into pop, but the soundscape shares more in common with the artful sonics of Florence + the Machine than the disposable and robotic approach of so many contemporary R&B hitmakers. Other memorable selections on Healing Time include the spiritual-minded "I Was Called," tuneful "Finish Line," acoustic blues foray "4 AM" and majestic "Paradise." Information:

Bruce Springsteen
Title: Only The Strong Survive (Columbia Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Sam Moore, Bruce Springsteen, classic Motown
Tell me more: On his first new album since 2020's Letter To You, Bruce Springsteen revisits a number of Gamble and Huff, Motown and Stax classics on the rousing 15-track Only The Strong Survive. Rather than recreate faithful takes on the material (such as the approach KISS lead singer Paul Stanley took on Paul Stanley's Soul Station's impressive debut album in 2021), Springsteen fuses his own signature sound with the well-known musical stylings identified with the original versions. Among the memorable tracks is an emotive take on the Commodores' 1985 track "Nightshift," the joyous Frank Wilson 1965 hit "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)," nuanced reading of the Walker Brothers 1966 hit "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," a tender version of the Four Tops' "When She Was My Girl" and the sorrowful "I Wish It Would Rain," the latter a song recorded by the Temptations in 1967. Springsteen is joined by 87-year-old soul music great Sam Moore on the inspired "Soul Days" and lovely "I Forgot To Be Your Lover." Across the album the receives backing from The E Street Horns, full string arrangements by Rob Mathes, as well as backing vocals from Lisa LowellDoozie Tyrell, Curtis King Jr., Michelle Moore, Dennis Collins and Fonzi Thornton. Information:

Janis Joplin & Jorma Kaukonen
Title: The Legendary Typewriter Tape: 6/25/64 Jorma's House (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna
Tell me more: Set for release on Dec. 2, The Legendary Typewriter Tape: 6/25/64 Jorma's House is an important and historical release featuring singer Janis Joplin and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna along with Jorma's wife Margareta Kaukonen typing away intermittently in the background  recorded on a reel-to-reel machine at the beginning of their respective careers. Although the recording has previously been available via inferior bootlegs, the official version released by Omnivore Recordings today (Dec. 2, 2022) features restoration and mastering from Grammy-winner Michael Graves and sounds wonderful. There are a mix of originals and reworked blues standards. Joplin's own "Kansas City Blues," the evocative "Hesitation Blues," a moving take on Jimmie Cox's "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," and the fiery Joplin-penned "Daddy, Daddy Daddy" are among the winning performances captured back in the summer of 1964. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Rolling Stones announce the release of the definitive live best of, ‘GRRR LIVE!’

Very exciting news for fans of The Rolling Stones as well as the parade of music making notables also featured on the upcoming title...Robert Kinsler 






New York, NY (November 30, 2022) – The Rolling Stones have today announced the release of GRRR Live!, THE definitive live hits album from the band’s career. Released on February 10 via Mercury Studios, the album will be available in various formats; 3LP black, 3LP coloured white (Indies exclusive) 3LP red (d2c exclusive), 2CD, DVD + 2CD, BluRay+ 2CD. The Blu-ray and digital versions will include Dolby Atmos.

The best live band in the world deserve the ultimate live greatest hits album and GRRR Live! is it, The Stones at their best! The album is available to pre-order here and features some of the greatest songs of all time including It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It), Honky Tonk Women, Start Me Up, Gimme Shelter, Sympathy For The Devil and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

The Rolling Stones celebrated their golden anniversary in 2012 & 2013 by embarking on the 50 & Counting Tour, a 30-show itinerary for North America and Europe. On December 15, 2012, the band took the stage at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center for the final of four shows in the New York area. Featuring guest appearances by The Black Keys (Who Do You Love?), Gary Clark Jr & John Mayer (Going Down), Lady Gaga (Gimme Shelter), Mick Taylor (Midnight Rambler) and hometown hero Bruce Springsteen (Tumbling Dice), the concert proved to be one of the most memorable shows in the band’s history.

Since its original airing on pay-per-view in 2012, this show has not been available to fans until now. The concert has been re-edited and the audio has been remixed. Three songs from the December 13 show (also in Newark) will be available as bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray: Respectable (with John Mayer)Around And Around, and Gimme Shelter.

GRR Live! Track Listing:

1. Get Off Of My Cloud
2. The Last Time
3. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
4. Paint It Black
5. Gimme Shelter (with Lady Gaga)
6. Wild Horses
7. Going Down (with John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr)
8. Dead Flowers
9. Who Do You Love? (with The Black Keys)
10. Doom And Gloom
11. One More Shot
12. Miss You
13. Honky Tonk Women
14. Band Introductions

1. Before They Make Me Run
2. Happy
3. Midnight Rambler (with Mick Taylor)
4. Start Me Up
5. Tumbling Dice (with Bruce Springsteen)
6. Brown Sugar
7. Sympathy For the Devil
8. You Can’t Always Get What You Want
9. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
10. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction



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About Mercury Studios:
Mercury Studios is a multi-faceted content studio established to develop, produce, globally distribute and invest in innovative, music-rooted storytelling across a range of media including film, television, podcasting, publishing and live-streamed performance. Taking its name from the iconic Mercury Records label, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and creates an open space for experimentation to unleash and amplify both emerging and established artists. With offices in London and Los Angeles, Mercury Studios harnesses its established relationships with best-in-class talent from music and film, seamlessly bridging the two worlds to create a completely distinctive community of trailblazers driven by original IP, innovation and collaboration.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

'Music is Still Good' episode: Gary Clark Jr., Arcade Fire, Dawes, Marcus King, more!

Check out their latest episode where TJR and Robert Kinsler discuss a handful of recent album releases from the likes of Dawes, Arcade Fire, Marcus King and Gary Clark Jr. that prove "Music is Still Good" - watch the episode HERE.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

'Don't Pass Me By,' third video & single from Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band release 'Live at the Greek Theater 2019'

Check out the exciting news about Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band below. And be sure to watch the fun video of "Don't Pass Me By" linked in the post too...Robert Kinsler


Ringo Starr at the Greek Theater in 2019.
Photo courtesy of the artist

November 22, 2022 – Today Ringo releases Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Live at the Greek 2019 (Roccabella via BFD/The Orchard) available digitally everywhere and featuring “Don’t Pass Me By,” as performed by Ringo and His All Starr Band. Watch the official video HERELive at the Greek 2019  will be available this Friday, November 25, 2022 on Blu Ray, DVD, CD and a special yellow double vinyl exclusive to participating Record Store Day stores. A great gift for fans who weren’t able to catch Ringo and His All Starr band while they toured this past year. Order it here
Watch the video here 
“Don’t Pass Me By” was the first song ever written by Ringo, and it was first recorded with, and released by, the Beatles on November 22, 1968. Now 54 years later to the day, this wonderful live rendition is offered from this momentous concert film.  

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band (Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Hamish Stuart, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonnette) played at the Greek Theater and were filmed nearly 30 years to the day when Ringo and his very first All Starr Band played there on September 3, 1989. This performance marked the last show of that tour in 2019, which included shows throughout the US and Canada as well as Japan.  It also celebrated 30 years of wonderful music, with All Starrs from previous lineups including Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Jim Keltner, Edgar Winter, Eric Carmen and Wally Palmer, joining in the finale of “With A Little Help From My Friends.''

From its inception and first tour in 1989 with the inaugural All Starr lineup –
Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Billy Preston, Rick Danko and Levon Helm from The Band, Clarence Clemons and Nils Lofgren from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and session drum legend Jim Keltner–until the current and 15th iteration – Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, who he has called  “the best 1-800-band in the land,” deliver shows packed with hits that continue to delight audiences around the world. Ringo often says of the concerts that they are peace and love fests, “I love the audience and they love me and the band,” and that is exactly what was captured at the Greek, at that famous open air arena among the Redwoods in Griffith Park, on September 2, 2019.  
Here is the track list, which reads like a greatest hits playlist to most of our lives: 
1.  Matchbox
2.  It Don't Come Easy
3.  What Goes On
4.  Evil Ways
5.  Rosanna
6.  Pick Up the Pieces
7.  Down Under
8.  Boys
9.  Don't Pass Me By
10.  Yellow Submarine
11.  Cut the Cake
12.  Black Magic Woman
13.  You're Sixteen
14.  Anthem
15.  Overkill
16.  Africa
17.  Work To Do (CD, DVD, Blu-Ray only)
18.  Oye Como Va
19.  I Wanna Be Your Man
20.  Who Can It Be Now?
21.   Hold the Line
22.  Photograph
23.  Act Naturally
24.  Help From My Friends
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Media Contact: Elizabeth Freund
It’s Thanksgiving week and for Ringo fans there is a lot to be grateful for: 
2022 has been a busy year for Ringo and it will continue to be through the end of the year. On November 18 Ringo released EP3 on 10” vinyl and blue cassette. He accompanied the release with a new music video, “Everyone and Everything.” On November 25, 2022 Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Live at the Greek 2019 (Roccabella via BFD/The Orchard) is available on Blu Ray, DVD, CD and a special yellow double vinyl. In addition, Ringo's online store has recently been updated and is now carrying a limited quantity of tour merch. Also newly available are 500 life sized “Peace and Love” sculptures Ringo created of his iconic hand symbol. These will be sold exclusively through Julien’s Auctions and will benefit the Lotus Foundation. 

New music: Neil Young, Richard Öhrn, The Jorgensens

Fans of classic rock, artful power pop and rousing Americana will want to check out a trio of new titles available now.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Title: World Record (Reprise)
You might like if you enjoy: Neil Young, Nils Lofgren, early Pearl Jam
Tell me more: World Record marks Neil Young and Crazy Horse's second album of new material released in 2022, coming only four months after the July release of ToastCo-produced by Rick Rubin and Young, the album is bolstered by Young's long-time on-and-off again outfit Crazy Horse (bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina, guitarist-accordion player Nils Lofgren). While the future of the planet is far from certain, Young carries out hope for our endangered home via the lovely opener "Love Earth." Young unleashes a sonic firestorm of blues-drenched grunge on "Break The Chain," a song that certifies Young and company can rock as powerfully as ever. The lyrics are bleak to be sure, as evidenced by the final verse: "Let's break the chain / No human home and scarce little time / Break the chain / Break the chain." Elsewhere, Young's concern for the earth is revisited via the more experimental accordion-adorned "The World (Is In Trouble Now)" where he sings: "The flowers growing from the ground / The sunlight shining down / My memories of the past delight / In all the things I found / Because the earth has held me so." Other powerful originals on the collection include the beautiful mid-tempo rocker "I Walk With You (Earth Ringtone)" anti-war plea "Walkin' On The Road (To The Future)," yearning distortion-and-feedback wrapped "Chevrolet, and gentle Americana-flavored "This Old Planet," the latter bolstered by the layered tandem sounds of accordion and piano. Information:

Richard Öhrn
Title: Sounds in English (Big Stir Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Matthew Sweet, The Hollies, Richard X. Heyman, In Deed
Tell me more: Uppsala, Sweden's Richard Öhrn is out with his wonderful debut Sounds in English, an amazing introduction to his talents as singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. A member of the Swedish rock outfit In Deed that impressed in the early '00s with At 4000 Meters, Öhrn's new solo effort allows him to celebrate the pioneering sounds of a slew of his notable heroes — The Zombies, The Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, The Searchers —  all while fusing those classic sounds fully with his own creative songcraft. The dozen tracks that span the disc are a true delight, with melody, harmony and emotion offered up in equal measure. The jangly opener "Seal Your Move" is bolstered by the artist's work on the 12-string Burns guitar as well as his melancholy mining vocals. The lovely folk song "5th Month Announcement" and dashing power pop sortie "Time's Not Running Out" are other early highlights on Sounds in English. "The Coolest Manners" is an immersive baroque pop gem, tapping into bona fide Zombies territory. The infectious melodic rocker "Take This Bottle," jazzy "Every Shade," dramatic "If I Could Read Your Mind" and sumptuous closer "Spanish Moon" are among the other shining originals on the album. Information:

The Jorgensens
Title: Americana Soul (Paramour Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Johnnyswim, Americana
Tell me more: Americana Soul is the perfect introduction to The Jorgensens. A Minnesota-based group headed by married couple Kurt and Brianna Jorgensen, the troupe blends blues, soul, roots, jazz, R&B and others styles across the aptly titled Americana Soul. Opening the record is the inspired "Old Black Crow," a track featuring Kurt Jorgensen's strong lead vocals and muscular slide guitar work as well as a wonderful Latin funk finale. The followup "Miles" features Brianna Jorgensen's signature soprano positioned amidst a soundscape that includes slide guitar and the artful use of horns. The soulful "Dark Road" blends soul and gospel flourishes with some flashy guitar further enhancing the track. "Shake It" weaves and rolls via a deep groove whilst layered with powerful lead and harmony vocals. The blues ballad "Leave Your Light On" finds the couple sharing lead vocals and enhancing the traditional soundscape with creative harmonies. "State Line" is a luxurious foray that showcases Brianna Jorgensen's top-tier singing. Americana Soul is welcome addition to the growing Americana music movement. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Ringo Starr original Limited Edition Peace & Love Statues to be sold exclusively at Julien's Auctions to benefit the Lotus Foundation

Julien's Auctions Icons & Idols: Sports Catalogue

In a world torn by violence and strife   increasingly in cities across the U.S. over the last few years   Ringo Starr's message of "Peace & Love" is more relevant now than ever... Check out the timely media release from Julien's Auctions below...Robert Kinsler

Friday, November 18, 2022

Arcade Fire shines at Kia Forum

Win Butler performing at the Kia Forum.

Review and photography by Robert Kinsler

Arcade Fire brought their "WE" tour to the legendary Kia Forum in Inglewood, CA on Wednesday, Nov. 16 for the first of two headline performances at the Los Angeles County venue.

For long-time fans of the Canadian indie rock band fronted by the talented husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the good news is that the group continues to inspire with soaring modern rock that draws its power through a fusion of alternative rock, Baroque pop, new wave, dance music and other styles.

Régine Chassagne at the Kia Forum.

Over the course of two hours, Arcade Fire covered a number of tracks from their wonderful 2022 studio album WE while revisiting a slew of past classics spanning from their 2004 debut Funeral to 2017's Everything Now. The enthusiastic crowd was fully in tune with the band, and thankfully thrilled with the band's riveting performance and the fantastic setlist.

Arcade Fire continues to find ways to fully connect with its audience. There were many times where members of the band would venture out into the crowd, or perform on a second stage positioned in the middle of the floor.

Arcade Fire performing their encore on a second stage positioned 
on the floor of the Kia Forum.

In fact, Arcade Fire performed their full encore on that second stage - including a moving version of Tom Petty's "Free Falling" before raising the roof with their own "Wake Up."

Win Butler standing atop a piano at the Kia Forum.

Arcade Fire setlist at the Kia Forum on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

Age of Anxiety I

Ready to Start

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)

My Body Is a Cage



Creature Comfort

Age of Anxiety (Rabbit Hole)

The Lightening I

The Lightening II

Rebellion (Lies)

The Suburbs

The Suburbs (Continued)

Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)

Unconditional II (Race and Religion)

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Everything Now


End of the Empire I-III

End of the Empire IV (Sagittarius A*)

Free Falling (Tom Petty cover)

Wake Up

New Music: The Beatles, Glen Phillips, Jeff Berlin

Check out these incredible titles available now.

The Beatles
Title: Revolver Special Edition (Capitol Records)
You might like if you enjoy: The Beatles, The Zombies
Tell me more: The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver is widely considered one of the British band's most beloved albums. The newly-released Revolver Special Edition showcases just how brilliant John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — along with producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick — were at creating one of the greatest recordings of the 20th century over the course of a few short months leading up to its release in August 1966. The range of material across the album astounds; listeners will be reminded how many light years ahead the Fab Four were compared to their contemporaries. The material ranges from Harrison's propulsive rocker "Taxman," yearning "I Want To Tell You" and Indian music-immersed "Love You To" to McCartney's beautiful Baroque gem "For No One" and rapturous R&B blast "Got To Get You Into My Life." Lennon's talents are showcased via the driving power pop nugget "And Your Bird Can Sing," rollicking "Doctor Robert" and experimental masterpiece "Tomorrow Never Knows." The expanded deluxe edition of Revolver (the Super Deluxe 5CD Edition is the title reviewed in this column) includes a new stereo mix of the album by GRAMMY Award winning producer Giles Martin (son of the late George Martin) and Sam Okell, two "Sessions CDs" of outtakes, rehearsals, demos and studio chat, the original 1966 mono album, along with a bonus EP with stereo mixes and the original 1966 mono versions of "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" (those two epic singles preceded the release of Revolver). The expanded Revolver Special Edition also includes a 100-page book with a foreword by McCartney, an essay by Questlove, detailed track notes, photographs and ephemera including handwritten lyrics, tape boxes and extracts from artist Klaus Voormann's graphic novel on the making of the GRAMMY-winning original album cover. Watch this writer and TJR discuss the collections outtakes, rehearsals and studio chat via a video available on YouTube HERE. Information:

Glen Phillips
Title: There Is So Much Here (Compass Records)
You might like if you enjoy: Toad the Wet Sprocket, Neil Finn, Aimee Mann
Tell me more: Beloved as the frontman for Toad the Wet Sprocket, singer-songwriter Glen Phillips is back with his latest solo album, There Is So Much HereA master at chronicling the emotion-filled events in own life with originals that are literate, infectious and timeless, Glen Phillips mined his experiences going through the COVID lockdown on his way to the creation of the marvelous 11-track disc. This was also a singular period where Phillips used the rare experience of being home for an extended stretch to reflect on his life in ways new to him. The range of material across the album will please fans of Phillips' past parade of triumphs. The soaring "Other Birds of Prey" is a euphoric rocker that recalls the high marks set on Toad the Wet Sprocket's Dulcinea. Elsewhere the bouncy "I Was a Riot" (a particularly confessional examination of the end of a relationship), lovely piano-anchored "The Bluest Eye," spacious "Brand New Blue," melodic rocker "Center Of The Circle" and jazz-infused "The Sound of Drinking" — the latter an introspective look at everyday joys that draws favorable sonic comparisons with the work of Bruce Cockburn  allure the listener. The acoustic "Skeleton For School," infectious "Stone Throat," and luxurious "Call the Moondust" are other standouts on the masterwork. Information:

Jeff Berlin
Title: Jack Songs (Jeff Berlin Music Group)
You might like if you enjoy: Jack Bruce, Cream, Eric Johnson, Alex Lifeson
Tell me more: Although Jack Bruce passed away in October 2014, he was already widely regarded as one of the greatest rock and roll bassists of all time. Now Bruce   best known for fronting the '60s rock trio Cream (the supergroup also featured guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker— is being celebrated by modern-day bassist-composer Jeff Berlin on the aptly-titled Jack Songs. Berlin stands as one of the greatest bass players of his generation, having garnered recording and performance credits with a slew of jazz and rock greats including Bill Bruford, Allan Holdsworth, Jon McLaughlin, Patrick MorazFrank Zappa, and more. Now he joins forces with a who's who of greats on a Jack Songs to complete a truly ambitious project inspired by Giles Martin's approach on The Beatles' Love CD. "His (Martin) production work on this CD is fantastic. I tried to follow his example of his fitting various Beatle song quotes from different tunes into each tune by doing a similar thing by combining different Jack songs," Berlin said of his approach. Among the greats who lend their talents across Jack Songs is Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band), Eric Johnson, Nathan East (Fourplay), Geddy Lee (Rush), Tony Levin and many more. Information:

Robert Kinsler

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Sigur Rós to Livestream from Reykjavík on Nov. 25, 2022 - Final Show of Tour

Exciting news for fans of Sigur Rós...Robert Kinsler



Photo credit: Hörður Óttarson






Today, Sigur Rós announce that their forthcoming show at Reykjavík’s Laugardalshöllin will be live streamed via Veeps on November 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. GMT/12 p.m. PST/ 3 p.m. EST. It is the band’s final show of their 2022 world tour, their first tour since 2017.


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The concert will see the band joined by string quartet, Amiina and horn section Brassgat í Bala. It is the first time in fourteen years that both Amiina and Brassgat í Bala have performed together on stage with Sigur Rós. The band are thrilled to be bringing this line-up together for a momentous hometown show.



Tickets are priced at $14.99 (£15.07) and the stream will be available to watch for all ticket holders 48 hours after broadcast. Please note, no tickets will be available to purchase after the air date and must be purchased in advance.


Last month, the band digitally reissued their 2022 album ( ) , remastered by legendary engineer Ted Jenson at Sterling Sound. Recorded in an empty swimming pool in Álafoss, Iceland, ( ) arose from what Sigur Rós refer to as a period of “exploration and expectation.The remastered album includes unheard studio sessions of existing tracks and two B-Sides from the original “Untitled 1” single.


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Showing no signs of breaking their prolific streak, Sigur Rós will release their new album in 2023.