A Sunday Night Above The Rain Marillion
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

This double album was recorded live in the Netherlands. It includes cuts from their widely acclaimed recent studio album, as well as eight cuts from fan favorites. Thousands of fans traveled from over 44 countries to be a part of this amazing night. They are still known for dramatic art-rock presentations. They made their name by carrying the torch for lengthy, orchestral opuses and spectacle-driven live shows. Mark Kelly sings with an earthy realness and a knack for drama.

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Loco De Amor Juanes
Universal Latino

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Juanes, believe it or not, was once the leader of a hard rock band. Now, as
a solo pop/rock Colombian star he has won 20 Latin grammys.  He makes USA
streets sound hungrier--and more exciting--than ever.

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The Farmacology Sessions New American Farmers
Big Barncat Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

The duo, Paul Knowles and Nicole storto, explore new vocal and musical territory on their sophomore album. The intertwining harmonies and sharp song writing stand out again. What’s wonderful about the lyrics is that all these characters that they sing about are like our imagination. Famous people surrealistically appear, some of them mystical, some of them real. It seems like singing allows them to express all the mysteries hidden inside.

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Thick As A Brick - Live In Iceland by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson
Eagle Rock

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

The one and only Ian Anderson put his two classic albums together so we could learn about the fate of the one and only Gerald bostock. The flute-wielding superhero has been around since the 60s, and is a jazz- and folk-influenced progressive artist. His rasping, melodramatic style of play, his bourgeoning songwriting voice made "aqualung" a classic. My favorite is "too old to rock 'n' roll. Too young to die." he always presents a wonderful collection of imagery--a fantasy bowery--that really gets your imagination working. It must be intimidating to duet with him, it freezes you. He is incomparable--with a voice that's unique, airy with an unmistable tone.

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Shadow to Shadow Dean Madonias Frankenstein Dean Madonia
CD Baby

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

The monster is still alive after over 200 years, telling his cautionary
tale to a genetic researcher about to make the first human clone. This is a
double album, and I’ve heard dean sing before, both solo and with his band,
pretty little horses, but I didn't know he could sing like this.

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My Shining Hour Bobby Broom
Origin Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Preeminent guitarist bobby broom, in a career spanning three decades, embodies the truism that it's the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz. After years as elite sideman he made the few hairs remaining on my head stand up with the release of "my shining hour." that's just the way the world is.

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3 Kasim Sulton
Marcasite Entertainment Inc.

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

The virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and vocalist kasim sulton might sound uncannily like a lost soul from Todd rundgren's legendary band, utopia.  Well, he was a core member for many years. His voice is so tough and masculine. He might as well be standing there with a gun while he's singing with his throaty impeccably controlled roar.

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Four One Direction
Columbia

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

British pop superstar’s one direction has sold 46 million albums in four short years. With "four" they have gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. They're not only for teenage girls. Their sound, not only the lead singer but the band, as well, represents a whole kind of man, incredibly masculine, hard-working and sexy.

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Haerts Haerts
Sony

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

I had the luck and the joy of seeing Haerts live this fall, with nini fabi singing lead. Her vocals are hazy and androgynous, like a stoned late night in which no one is sure who's sleeping where. But she can express all the
mysteries held inside. Then she'll sing about the American dream, "twenty years of schoolin' and they'll put you on the day shift."

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Before the Waves Magic Man
COLUMBIA /DMZ

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Now "Before The Waves" is the debut album by magic man. Childhood friends Alex Caplow (vocals) and Sam Vanderhoop Lee (guitars and keyboards) play like crazy. Now, with three comrades, they've played in summer amphitheaters and much more, as time goes on.  Their beats and tones smoke their American competition, so does their wit. They sound like a barfly who thinks you can't tell how terrified they are.

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Sketches of Spain (Revisited) Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
3sixteen Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

The Chicago jazz philharmonic released its second full length album, an orchestral transformation of the 1960 iconic original by miles Davis and Gil Evans. The result is an intimate yet powerful performance that transports the listener to a different world. The combination of blues power and melodic sensitivity still sets the standard for jazz greatness, and always will.

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Road to Ambo Adam Andrews
Adam Andrews Music

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Adam Andrews creates solo piano music that focuses on bringing healing and
inspiration to his listeners. Amid swooping strings his powerful piano makes
the music sound genuinely humane.

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Life in Sand Evie Archer
Dark River Inc

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

This is evie archer's debut album. "Live in Sand" is totally self-written. It sounded like a heavy duty break-up album. But she's tunneling out of the emotional wreckage very well, thank you. The couple wages righteous warfare, blinded by fear and frozen with doubt.

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One Step Ahead of the Blues Mark "Muleman" Massey
Icehouse Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Mark "Muleman" Massey is tearing up the usa with his brand of hill country
and soulful blues. He has a physically imposing voice. His sound is big and
powerful. He may not have invented the genre of a white guy singing black,
but he has perfected it.

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Somethin' Good Mark Meadows
Mark Meadows

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Mark Meadows' album, "somethin' good" proves that even in a world full of
convenience and commercialism, real talent is still out there creating and
willing to be acknowledged. With his piano, voice and band he leads a series of star-crossed lovers down to America’s highway, while throwing venom at a series of USA’s lies, phony patriotism and crass commercialism.

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You Can't Outrun the Radio Jonathan Byrd
Waterbug

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Country/Folk/Rock songwriter Johnthan Byrd has trouble standing still and gets tired playing alone. Now he's got a band, a band who were once strangers. It was a moment when the entire world of music was being turned upside down and given a good shake. "You can't outrun the radio" will get a lot of people excited to start making music for the first time. But this record also has a galvanizing effect on people who were already in bands to reassess themselves and try something different.

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Local Legend The Urban Renewal Project
Lombardy Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

The Urban Renewal project hitting the usa for the better part of four years, using the instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between pop, soul, jazz and hip-hop. Now, with jazz singer Aubrey Logan and rapper Elmer Demond they have created a perfect team on "Urban Legend." They can build slowly until he explodes into a hip-hop solo or Aubrey Logan introduces a sweet ballad.

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Oh Yeah David Shelby
Highway South Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

David Shelby is an original groove-infused artist, gritty, and authentic in
his signature musicianship and storylines. We just loved hearing a
super-cool hillbilly story within three minutes--as a lyricist that's what I want to do.

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Don't Bother to Knock Shepley Metcalf & Ron Roy
Shepley Metcalf

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Between Shepley's soul-bearing, witty expression and Ron’s prodigious piano playing--a loving nod to jazz, classical and cabaret--affecting live audiences and listeners alike is a natural habitat for this musical pair. If you go to see them live catch the duo at the midpoint between pure pop and down-home jazz.

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Tucson Brad Colerick
Back 9 Records

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

While contemplating "Tucson" Brad Colerick found himself drawn to story songs--traveling tunes and folk ballads painting sepia-toned visions of southwestern vistas, Midwestern prairies and the ramblers and life gamblers who crisscross them. When I saw brad in Oakland I learned that he's more than the world's finest country singer. He’s a one-man song factory with a rock and roll heart.

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Code Red Screaming Headless Torsos
Torsos Partners

Author:
John Shelton Ivany

Lead vocalist freedom bremner says "after two years of being locked in writing sessions and studios, we can't wait to unleash this music on the world." well good god a mighty here they are. This isn't so much an album. "Code red" is a group of metallic blues spasms--and the best excessive rock album of the year.

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