Each of today's theme answers features a different metal in a music-related phrase, title, or group name - in other words, METALMUSIC. The sentimental favorite has to be SILVERBELLS (Classic Christmas song with the lyric "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, / Dressed in holiday style"), but PLATINUMRECORDS is also precious. In a more affordable vein, we have TINPANALLEY (Old New York song publishing locale) and NICKELBACK (Rock band with the 2001 #1 hit "How You Remind Me) - something an unhappy movie goer might request in the aughts of the previous century.
Overall, the puzzle offers an ARRAY of solid fare with nothing that took too much of ATOLL. Often on Mondays, IFILL in the grid too quickly to appreciate the clues as I go, but upon review, one high point was TOTEMPOLES. I also like GOYA (Spanish artist Francisco ____), Edgar ALLAN Poe, and NAAN. Mmmmm, naan. I plan to like OSLO when I visit it.
ACHE is a cool word and AFOOT is fun. For dislikes, can I just say BEARD?