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Is there a lover of rock and alternative music on your shopping list?

[img_assist|nid=2097|title=Tim Foreman of Switchfoot at RevGen fest|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=228|height=166]Folks are always asking me, “So what’s new in music these days?”  The response is often not easy.  Especially since most people asking are parents who want to find some music for their children.  To be honest, there is just so much out there to even begin.  I may start with, “What style of music do they like?”  I know I am in trouble soon as I hear, “Oh, I don’t know.  What is popular for 15 year olds?”

So today as I look at the pile of discs purchased in the

Chrismas shopping help - female music: Britt Nicole and more

Perhaps you are searching online for some ideas on music for someone who likes female music, and, like me, you don’t follow that genre too much.  There are some albums released since the summer you may wish to learn about.

Let me start by saying that I am not a huge fan of female backed music, in particular of the pop genre.  As such, it is likely a detailed review of this style of music won’t be coming from my fingertips.  I prefer the gutsy deep solo voice of Jennifer Knapp or the hard edge of the female fronted band Flyleaf.

The Hurricane is brewing

[img_assist|nid=2084|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=249|height=168]Right now as I write, Hello Hurricane is one of the trending topics on Twitter.  Why?  Perhaps it has a little something to do with the highly anticipated release of said album by Switchfoot.  Perhaps folks are writing about the apparent transformation of musical style.  Or maybe the diehard fans are re-tweeting to get the counts up.  Either way, the first studio release in three years has been causing a buzz even before today's official release.

Something old and something new

Well, actually, both are new releases that hit the street on July 14th.  One album comes from two new names to the music scene.  And one disc is a second release of a series that did well in its first rendition.  Both arrived in the same package from Essential Records/Provident Label Group.

Christmas in July?

[img_assist|nid=942|title=Jars of Clay|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=210|height=143]We all know that the “holidays” can be a crazy time.  So not long after I attended a Christmas tour show that included Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Sara Groves and Leeland, I was sucked into the fray and never found a breather to sit down and tell of my tale.  Soon, I decided to bring it all about as a Christmas in July special.  Why not?  It’s 90 degrees outside, and the humidity is rising.  Much different than the cold we mig

Leeland is on the move

I recall standing in a club in Nashville eagerly waiting for Leeland hit the stage at a showcase event for their record label.  This young band from Texas was the talk of GMA that year.  The debut album, Sound of Melodies, was set to release later in 2006.  I was impressed by the music, stage presence, and of course what I had supposed to be the relatives of the band (including mom’s who looked a bit out of place with the crowd).  They took their spot at the front, singing along to every song, making it difficult to get pictures.  Yet they were proud.