Welcome to the November 2011 Issue

This month we’re celebrating gospel music as part of the lead-up to our November 12 conference Why We Sing: Indianapolis Gospel Music in Church, Community and Industry (see below for further details). Every other review in this issue highlights a gospel album, including projects featuring Indianapolis-based artists Sharon Moore, Brian Reeves & Heart After God, A. Thomas Hill (who leads the annual passion play Upon This Rock), plus Tyscot recording artist Vashawn Mitchell. Also included are new albums from Donald Lawrence, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Richard Smallwood, and two recent historical compilations from noted gospel music authority Opal Nations.  On the secular side are reviews of the documentary Wheedle’s Groove: Seattle’s Forgotten Soul of the 1960s and ’70s, the genre bending project Reggae’s Gone Country, Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber’s forthcoming album  All Ya Needs That Negrocity, plus new releases from the Mali band Tinariwen (featuring Kyp Malone from TV On The Radio), East Village punk band Cerebral Ballzy, Brazilian singer Mariana Da Cruz, and R&B/soul singers Syleena Johnson, Charles Bradley, and Lee Fields.