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Ultraviolet Hippopotamus - Square Pegs, Round Holes CD - In an era which seems like everything has been done before, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus has carved themselves a niche sound of its own with genuinely heartfelt, imaginative lyrics coupled with compelling composition and explosive instrumentation. The music created by this five piece band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is progressively diverse, often switching between many different genres during the course of a show. Sometimes even throughout the duration of a song. Their live shows have become an avenue for the band to build upon the core of their songs, exploring new ground, creating tension and taking risks for those moments of pure improvisational ecstasy, giving fans an original experience within every show.
Thievery Corporation - Culture of Fear CD- With over 1.2 million albums sold in the U.S. across 15 years of making music, Thievery Corporation serves up their sixth studio album titled Culture of Fear. They continue to blend musical styles in their trademark fashion; space-rock jams lead to hip-hop inspired grooves, airy down-temp trances and dub-reggae infused vibes throughout the journey.
Kevin Kinsella - Great Design CD - 2011 sees Kevin Kinsella heading in an exciting new direction. With the release of his third solo album "Great Design", Kinsella expands his sonic palette with elements of acoustic rock and soul, while maintaining his roots in reggae. "Great Design" showcases his agility as a songwriter; Kinsella's combination of styles is deeply evocative and accessibly upbeat, summoning the likes of Jack Johnson & Michael Franti. It's "Thanks and Praise" music with wide commercial appeal.
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & the Harvest CD - Acony Records proudly presents The Harrow & The Harvest, an album of ten new songs from Gillian Welch. The acclaimed duet's first album in eight years is an all acoustic affair. Produced by David Rawlings.
Copperhead - Copperhead CD - This is the original Copperhead CD, produced by Tom Dowd, featuring their first single, "Long Way From Home", an epic Copperhead song that became the title song for the movie "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man", and "Busted" which was featured on the soundtrack of "Dr. Giggles", and "Whiskey" a classic rocker that was made into a video for MTV.
Neil Carswell - Keep You Guessing CD - Neil Carswell, the singer well-known as the former front man of the band "Copperhead" has just completed an epic album entitled "Keep You Guessing" just released on Aspirion Records. Accomplished both on stage and in the studio, Neil's career includes national touring and the release of the 1992 Copperhead album for PolyGram/Mercury records produced by legendary producer, the late Tom Dowd. Although Copperhead had major national success, it disbanded in 1995. Fans of the hard rockin' southern band still follow Neil's career and will be pleasantly surprised at the metamorphosis of this artist.
Tim Reynolds & TR3 - From Space and Beyond (2 CDs) - "The best I could ever hope for," is how Tim Reynolds describes TR3's first live double CD "From SPACE and Beyond." Culled from three shows TR3 performed in November 2009-- at SPACE in Evanston, IL, the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD, and the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA--FSAB has a classic, live rock album feel. The double CD has a mix of TR3 favorites, two new songs, "I Must be Going Insane" and "Belly of the Beast" which Reynolds first began playing acoustically, but quickly translated it into TR3's electric repertoire, along with a few covers.
Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - From Africa with Fury: Rise CD - With the mighty new From Africa With Fury: Rise, Seun Anikulapo Kuti heads up Egypt 80, the extraordinary combo first fronted by his renowned father. The album follows Kuti's critically praised debut, 2008's Many Things, which was unanimously hailed for continuing Fela's musical legacy. From Africa With Fury: Rise sees Kuti finding his own idiosyncratic voice as songwriter, singer, and band leader, its songs and sonic approach marked by provocative edge and mature self-assurance.
Rubblebucket - Omega La La CD - On Omega La La, Rubblebucket takes a dramatic step forward with their sound, grafting their afrobeat rhythms with a creative take on dancey indie pop. Listening to the crystal-clear, minimalist production of the album, DFA veteran Eric Broucek's influence is apparent. The album opens with 'Down in the Yards,' a track that builds off the ebb and flow of a droning, two-note guitar riff, only to explode into a triumphant chorus anchored by the band's horn section. That track is followed up by the bouncy, Afro-Cuban-inspired rhythms of 'L homme,' a buoyant psych-pop gem. 'Silly Fathers'and a reworked version of 'Came Out of a Lady' show off the band's penchant for creating pop songs that stick in your head.
Sonny Moorman Group - Crossroads Motel CD - "I came to play" says Sonny Moorman. "I was raised in the bars my folks owned in and around Hamilton, OH and got to hear world class artists Lonnie Mack, Cal Collins, Dumpy Rice, Troy Seals, Wayne Perry, and a score of others up close and personal and learned one thing - all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up!" Those are words Sonny has lived by through the decades of roadhouses, bars, and juke joints from coast to coast. He backed it up gig after gig, night after night, and year after year until his own "hype" got too big to go unnoticed any longer. After a decade of playing rock bars in Michigan with a variety of bands and a five year "visit" to LA during which he graduated from Musician's Institute and played with "Z Deluxe" (Warren Zevon's 1982 tour band), Moorman returned to Ohio - and to the Blues.
June 30-July 3 - High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA
July 1-3 - Super Ball IX - Watkins Glen, NY
July 14-17 - All Good - Masontown, WV
July 21-24 Gathering Of The Vibes - Bridgeport, CT
July 21-24 Northwest String Summit Music Festival - North Plains, OR
July 28-30 The Big Up 2011 - Ghent NY
*July 28-31 Floyd Fest - Floyd VA
*Look for the Home Grown Music Booth at this event!
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