Beautiful Sound

Beautiful Sound

Veteran Christian rocker Geoff Moore packs a potent emotional punch with this musically engaging and lyrically thought-provoking album.
The Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds

Highly regarded as both Jones-meets-Jagger, singer and powerful songwriter Jim Lauderdale has long had the respect of his peers while operating largely under the commercial radar.
Rebelution

Rebelution

Tony Stampley dips deeply and often into the Bocephus well, but nevertheless proves a capable songwriter and singer with personality on such Dixie-fried observations as "American Offline," "Dirt Road Rock 'n' Roll," and "I Hate to See You Go (But I Love to Watch You Walk Away)." "Another Cold One" and "One Bad Habit" slice and pound with authority, but Stampley proves an emotive country balladeer on such cuts as "Dreamin' Again," the gospel-tinged "Doctor Jesus," and father/son treatise "He Never Said He Loved Me." Stampley rocks hard and with country edge, but when he steps out and shows a softer side he actually makes his case a little better.
Sensual Journey

Sensual Journey

"Take some time and forget about time." That line from the spoken-word prologue to album track "Maybe" outlines exactly what will happen when listeners take this disc—Downing's GRP debut—for a spin.
Personal Journals

Personal Journals

Sage Francis may not be a household name yet but it may only be a matter of time.
In Our Gun

In Our Gun

On its latest outing, former Mercury Music Prize winner Gomez attempts to expand its unique blend of blues, roots, and soul by dabbling in everything from dub to electronica.
Uptown Sinclair

Uptown Sinclair

Any Clevelander will tell you that homegrown rock quartet Uptown Sinclair is a band on the verge.
Stereo/Mono

Stereo/Mono

In prioritizing the contents of this two-disc set (priced as a single CD), former Replacements leader Paul Westerberg has it backward.
Almost Happy

Almost Happy

The transition from carefree adolescence to decision-laden early adulthood is the complex subject intricately and emotionally evoked on K's Choice's fourth studio album, which is accompanied here by a second disc of live material.
King, Lang, Diddley On Tap For Doheny Blues Fest

King, Lang, Diddley On Tap For Doheny Blues Fest

Blues legends B.B. King and Bo Diddley, as well as contemporary blues stars such as Jonny Lang and Marcia Ball, will be on hand for the Doheny Blues Festival next weekend in Dana Point, Calif. Produced by Omega Events and sponsored by Miller Genuine Draft, the event will take place May 18-19 at the 62-acre Doheny State Beach park.
Albarn's 'Mali Music' Headed Overseas

Albarn's 'Mali Music' Headed Overseas

Blur/Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn's collaboration with musicians from Mali will be released July 30 in North America via Honest Jon's/Astralwerks. The album, "Mali Music," is an attempt to introduce Western audiences to the diverse music of the culturally rich West African country. The 16-track set was released last month internationally, with proceeds benefiting the Oxfam charity organization.

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