LiberWP is a fantastic looking blogging theme from designer Julian Chaniolleau. It has a beautiful artistic header and featured post slider just below the drop down navigation menu.
The large post area places the post date over the post image with the sidebar section headers styled in the same way. The theme supports custom backgrounds, WP3 menus and comes with 4 colour schemes and 3 custom page templates.
LiberWP is available through ThemeForest for $35. Original photoshop psd files are provided with the download.