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A band sound is only as big as its members’, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes are huge. The ten members are all a whirl of roving horns and myriad strumming stringed instruments, whistles, claps, shouts, and percussion upon drums, hands, and anything else.

Spirtualized, the neo-psychedelic outfit with Jason Pierce (J. Spaceman) at the center. Formed out of the ashes of Pierce's previous group, Spaceman 3, Spiritualized has been creating grand, lush panoramas of space rock, deeply influenced by soul, gospel, and all things Velvet Underground.

The talented Rufus Wainwright's newest album, Out of the Game, departs slightly in style from his earlier body of work. Although there are some classic heart-felt ballads to be sure, the track Montauk being a case in point, the record as a whole feels danceable and more radio friendly.

The formation of up-and-coming indie folk group Trampled by Turtles can be traced to the theft of Dave Simonnet’s equipment in 2003. Left with just an acoustic guitar, Simonnett chose to form a new band in a new direction of style.

Lana Del Rey describes herself as a self-styled “gansgsta Nancy Sinatra”.  This attitude belies the Lake Placid native Lizzy Grant’s choice of stage name and the personality she seeks to impart to her music.

The Magnetic Fields is just one of a few outlets for frontman Stephen Merritt’s inspired songwriting. The indie-pop outfit recorded six eclectic albums starting in 1993, only breaking into mainstream recognition with 1999’s three-disc 69 Love Songs. 

The sounds of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen are anarchical and break the constraints of form, yet each of his tracks have poignant and emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead.

April was a great month for The Lumineers. In addition to releasing their hotly anticipated eponymous debut, they've played a tong of sold out shows across the US. Their open-hearted melodies, simple but raw lyrics, and rousing acoustic folk have earned them comparisons to Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, and the Avett Brothers.

Becoming a music titan has huge implications-- just ask John Mayer.  The singer songwriter requires no introduction; his personal history, his personal life and especially his personal relationships are all rather public, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. 

Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year '06, 07, 09
Sweet Soul music is alive and kicking!

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