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During the Arab Spring, as protestors flooded the streets in protest against the ruling elite, it was music that galvanized their spirit and communicated their message out loud. Powerful chants, soaring traditional melodies, and articulate hip-hop radiated throughout the revolutions. The Rough Guide charts the best underground tunes by El Tanbura, Sami Yusuf and Freemuse award winner Ramy Essam. Bonus CD "Revolution erupts" by Ramy Essam.
Queensland, Australia-based YouTube phenomenon Cody Simpson releases his full-length sophomore album, Surfers Paradise. Features songs Pretty Brown Eyes and Summertime of Our Lives.
Hailing from New Jersey, the trailblazing band, whose creative energy and unwavering artistic commitment has reverberated through underground subculture and in tastemaker circles alike since the late 1990s, return with renewed passion and unrivaled skill with their fifth full-length album. The album represents a new holistic pinnacle of the band's constantly evolving and engaging dynamics.
David Garrett, demonstrates his ability to combine different musical worlds of classical, rock and pop like no other artist of our time. The acclaimed violinist's crossover album includes a broad selection including Cry Me A River by Justin Timberlake.
The five-time Grammy winner, producer, and songwriter returned to the studio earlier this year to produce his first project of original music in the tropical genre in nearly a decade. His first single, Vivir Mi Vida, obtained the #1 position on iTunes, national radio, and Billboard charts.
Nightmare Ending is the first proper Eluvium album released since 2010's Similes, the unexpectedly vocal-heavy ambient-pop record that simultaneously delighted and confounded long-time fans. But the Nightmare Ending story actually began years earlier, as it was intended to be the follow-up to the watershed album, Copia. Conceived as a way of helping loosen his self-imposed ideals of perfection, Cooper labeled each Nightmare Ending track as either a 'dream' or an 'imperfection'.
Grammy Award-winning artist Vince Gill and famed steel guitarist Paul Franklin release Bakersfield. The duo pays tribute to the Bakersfield sound by performing songs from two of Bakersfield's sons: Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.