Collective Soul (USA)

Featuring USA


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This is a truly incredible rock band from Georgia that formed in 1992.  Collective Soul first gained notoriety with their single “Shine” off of their debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid.  They released seven albums after this one and all had success on the charts.  In 2006 the band released a live DVD Home: A live recording with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.  This is an incredible DVD that everyone should have in their collection!  The band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009.



Placebo (England)

Featuring England


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This English alternative rock band are from London and formed in 1994.  They have released 6 studio albums, all of which have reached the top 20 in the UK.   In 2011 the band released their second live video album.  They have announced that they are back in the studios working on their seventh album but have not announced a release date.  Placebo are best known for hit songs such as “Nancy Boy”, “Pure Morning”, “Every You Every Me”, and the cover of “Where is My Mind” and “Running up the Hill”.  This is a really talented band with a great sound and I can’t wait for their new album.

The Fratellis (Scotland)

Featuring Scotland


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This alternative indie band formed in Glasgow in 2005.  They released their debut album Costello Music in 2006.  This album charted well and they won the BRIT award for Best British Breakthrough Act in 2007.  The band released their second album Here We Stand in 2008.  The band have been on a hiatus and have been working on other projects.  Jon Fratelli debuted his solo album Psycho Jukebox in 2011.

Civil Twilight (South Africa)

Featuring South Africa


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This three-piece alternative rock band is from Cape Town and formed in 1996.  They released their debut album Human in 2007 and gained an extra boost when several of their songs where featured on TV series in the US.  The band released their self titled album in 2009.  They had moderate success on the US album charts with the single “Letters from the Sky”.  Civil Twilight was announced the release of their new album Holy Weather for March 2012, the single “Fire Escape” has already been released and is doing well on the charts.  Good luck to these guys and their new album.

Alternative Music from Around the World

The next couple of weeks I have decided to feature some alternative bands that were not mentioned when featuring the countries.

Gerard Quintana (Spain)

This week featuring Spain


is a Catalan singer, songwriter, poet, writer, actor, and radio and TV personality. He came to prominence in 1986-2001 as the lead singer of the Catalan rock/pop group “Sopa de Cabra”.  Since the dissolution of the band in 2001, he has pursued a very successful solo career.  Quintana is a very articulate and charismatic speaker, and has become a well-known figure in Catalan culture quite apart from his musicianship. In recent years he has not hesitated to express his personal political and ideological views, including his support for Catalan independence.




Pablo Alboran (Spain)

This week featuring Spain


This young Spanish singer was born in 1989 in Malaga.  At age 12 he composed his first song, which he would use 10 years later on his debut album.  His first single  “Solamente Tú” was released in 2010.  It was a huge success topping the Spanish charts and winning awards.  His debut album Pablo Alborán was released in 2011 and went to top the charts becoming the best selling album in Spain in 2011.  At the moment he has two singles on the Spanish charts in #3 and #18 positions.



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