Sounds Eclectic 3

Sounds Eclectic 3

Every city should be lucky enough to have a station like KCRW, the noncommercial outlet of the Los Angeles area's small Santa Monica College.
Fury and Spin

Fury and Spin

Jacob Zachary's debut sounds like a collection of basement songs from the boy next door, the quiet type who knows how to express his sincerest sentiments.
Valende

Valende

"Valende" opens with a crackling acoustic number, and its second song is an all-out "Nuggets"-era rocker, complete with handclaps, a vintage keyboard and indefinable screeches. From here, Jennifer Gentle goes in a more atmospheric direction.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2003 - Songwriter Doris Fisher, who wrote for Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, and Billie Holiday, among others, dies in a Los Angeles hospital. She is 87.
Angels With Dirty Faces

Angels With Dirty Faces

Amanda & the Marbles pulled critical praise for their 2002 album, "More Seduction," and fans dubbed their sound "neo new wave power pop punk." It's an accurate description for the dozen tracks comprising "Angels With Dirty Faces," particularly with the addition of keyboards that further flesh out the band's early-'80s roller-rink tunes.
Coach Carter

Coach Carter

Like 1989's "Lean On Me," starring Morgan Freeman, "Coach Carter" revolves around academic performance. The film, starring Samuel L. Jackson, is inspired by the story of Richmond, Calif.
Osirus: The Official Mixtape

Osirus: The Official Mixtape

The world of hip-hop lost Ol' Dirty Bastard last year, but it is certain that one of the genre's most outspoken voices won't soon be forgotten. To ensure that, ODB's mother, Cherry Jones, and his manager Jarred Weisfeld have launched JC Records.
La Fuerza del Destino

La Fuerza del Destino

Mexican singer Fey, an artist who made a name for herself with teeny-bopper pop, returns after a three-year absence with an album that aspires to substance and depth.
In Your Arms Again

In Your Arms Again

Like the great bluesmen he learned from, John Hammond gets better and deeper with age.
Remasterpiece

Remasterpiece

Purists will surely scoff at the very idea of this project: to reinterpret some very well-known works—by classical and contemporary composers—in an electronic manner.
Paris Mississippi Blues

Paris Mississippi Blues

Blues pianist Memphis Slim (aka John L. Chatman) was a fixture in the Chicago blues scene in the '40s and '50s (supplementing his music income by working as a bootlegger) before relocating to Paris in the early '60s.
Guitarist Gaynor Splits matchbox twenty

Guitarist Gaynor Splits matchbox twenty

Adam Gaynor, one of matchbox twenty's longtime guitarists, is no longer with the band. No reason was given for the split. "The band has decided not to renew his sevices," a source tells Billboard.com.

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