…Not Trust Mirrors
A good two years in the making, Sindust's …Not Trust Mirrors doesn't rewrite the book on hard rock. But the guys deliver a more than solid album that finds the lineup, only recently solidified, coming into its own. "Bottom of My Lungs" has a mid-'90s grunge sound held together by heavy guitars. The layers of vocals in "Talking to Myself" work particularly well, and sinewy guitar solos keep "Sponge" together. "Skull Rolling" features caterwauling vocals and a punchy drums/bass intro. Through it all, singer-guitarist Chris Donley stretches his vocal range, alternately crooning, snorting and screaming, essentially establishing himself as an engaging frontman. - Jeff Niesel Sindust performs with Pale Hollow and Liza Bundy as part of the Inner Sanctum Concert Series at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. at Roc Bar (1220 Old River Rd., 216.771.6655).
Lost + Found
It's been two years since singer-songwriter Zach's last album, Mesmerize, creating anticipation for his latest recording, Lost + Found. On it. he embraces the same kind of safe material for which John Mayer and Jason Mraz are known. Without the help of female backing vocals, tracks such as "Lost and Found" and "Over the Road," wouldn't be distinctive. The most energetic track on Lost + Found, "Wolf in the Woods," breaks away from the norm and includes tambourine for a country vibe that's sure to bring an audience to its feet. Zach has been a force on the local scene for several years now, but it's hard not to lump this album in with releases by other singer-songwriters. - Erika Schramm Zach performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Phoenix Cafe (15108 Detroit Ave., 216. 216.226.4401).