Southeast Music Alliance Presents Volume 2

Various artists

Southeast Music Alliance Presents Volume 2: Tampa Bay & Beyond

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Mekka

This 20-track collection of local/regional talent, the second such release from Pinellas-based musicians' co-op Southeast Music Alliance, delivers an eclectic and consistently strong assortment of homegrown tuneage. In addition to the usual SMA suspects (The Semis, Soulfound, Auditorium, Rebekah Pulley, John McNicholas and others), Volume 2 runs the gamut from hip-hop (The Villanz, the genre-busting Daylight District) and emo (Rumors of War) to alt-country (Have Gun, Will Travel), synth-pop (Summerbirds in the Cellar) and singer-songwriter fare (Steve Alex, Geri X), rarely sacrificing quality in the name of breadth. Scenesters know these names, but it's an invaluable introduction for the uninitiated. (www.smaflorida.com) 4 stars

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