Singer/songwriter Pete Yorn has sketched out a spring North American tour that is a mix of headlining and festival appearances, and tentative dates opening for Weezer. As previously reported, dates with Elbow supporting kick off April 2 in Santa Ana, Calif.; the prospective Weezer tour would begin April 23 in Edmonton.
If there's ever proof that an act doesn't need radio or MTV support in order to thrive, it's the enduring team of Emily Saliers and Amy Ray (aka Indigo Girls). For more than a decade, the Girls have consistently sold millions of records, as they've undeniably tried less and less to court industry sectors that will likely ignore their smarter-than-average brand of pop. Instead, they've wisely opted to simply follow their creative muses. With Becoming You, they offer their strongest set in years, as they also revisit the lean, acoustic sound of their salad days. That said, gorgeous, finely crafted tunes like Ray's "Moment of Forgiveness" and Saliers' "Hope Alone" are not retreads. Rather, these songs are far more complex than the artists were capable of 10 years ago. When you have an act that never stops growing, it's no wonder that countless fans follow their every move—without the urging
Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval's piano debut—a mix of a broad range of standards (from "Esta Tarde Vi Llover" to "Stella by Starlight")—arrives after years of writing on the instrument and of playing it at numerous live shows.
After a lengthy musical pause (it's been four years since her sophomore set, Never Say Never), Brandy returned earlier this year with the off-kilter "What About Us?" Produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, the trippy track goes against the musical grain, with the artist singing against—not with—the mechanical beats.
Star Room Boys of Athens, Ga., combine tasteful musicianship and twang-oriented sensibilities with edgy, insightful lyrics and more regret than 10 George Jones albums. The hurtin' imagery cuts deep on such songs as "White Lies, Blue Tears" and sorrowful, steel-drenched observations like "If I Can Ever Get It Back Again" and "Cocaine Parties." Singer Dave Marr is