Once We Were Trees

Once We Were Trees

Practitioners of an atmospheric blend of alt-country and spaced-out indie rock, Beachwood Sparks show considerable growth on this follow-up to last year's Beachwood Sparks.
Is This It

Is This It

Rock saviors or over-hyped posers? That's the debate surrounding this much-talked- about New York quintet and its aptly titled full-length debut.
X,Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun

X,Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun

X emerged as a key act in L.A.'s vibrant punk scene of the late '70s. Unlike some others, though, X created intelligently written tales that have barely aged a day. With these reissues of the band's first three albums, fans can re-discover rockin' classics like "Sex and Dying in High Society," "The Once Over Twice," and early MTV smash "The Hungry Wolf."
Big Muff

Big Muff

It's almost too easy to compare the New York-rooted, female-dominated Lava Baby to the Go-Go's.
Groundwork—Act to Reduce Hunger

Groundwork—Act to Reduce Hunger

The release of this all-star compilation album coincides with Seattle's benefit concert series, Groundwork 2001.
Standard Time

Standard Time

Vocalist Steve Tyrell approaches this disc of standards with a sense of history, setting it apart from other, similar projects by tapping the talents of several musicians who were actually around when these classics were penned.
El Mas Grande Homenaje a Los Tigres del Norte

El Mas Grande Homenaje a Los Tigres del Norte

For irrefutable proof that norteÑo music has a finesse and complexity that can refute the snubs it usually gets from critics, just pick from any of the 12 extraordinary tracks here.
The Distance

The Distance

Twin team Evan & Jaron got off to a rousing start with the previous pop throwdown "Crazy for This Girl," which hit the top 15 on The Billboard Hot 100 and scored top five action at adult top 40.
Somos Gitanos

Somos Gitanos

The Gipsy Kings are the kind of band you either love or really don't, and loyalties don't shift very often—since the songs may change, but the sound remains essentially the same.
Amigo

Amigo

David Ball struck gold in 1994 with the hit "Thinkin' Problem" but was inexplicably a casualty of the country airwaves in the genre's downturn since.
Declaration

Declaration

With 44 Gospel Music Assn. Dove awards and four Grammys to his credit, Chapman is the Christian community's most-feted artist.
Live from Sessions at West 54th

Live from Sessions at West 54th

John Prine is a prolific producer of insightful, melodic vignettes and a tireless touring troubadour.
Operation: Livecrime

Operation: Livecrime

The rerelease of Operation: Livecrime offers proof that Rÿche'n'rollers can't get enough of the 1988 concept album that broke Queensrÿche into the mainstream with a crack so thunderous that the disc remains the yardstick by which the act's music is measured.

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