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Carbon Leaf
Carbon Leaf
Carbon Leaf

Jam band Carbon Leaf has eclipsed the 20-year mark and shows no signs of letting up. In fact, the group released two albums this year. The first, Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle, is a Celtic-influenced collection of tunes and the f...

 
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Saxon
Saxon
Saxon

Saxon is touring the US right now and has a lot of festivals to hit in Europe next year in support of their album, Sacrifice. You can read more about the heavy metal band’s 40-year-run in a recent Whopperjaw interview wit...

 
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RuinTen
RuinTen
RuinTen

You’re warned about Stone RuinTen right there on the label:  “a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops.”  That right there is a good summary of this beer.  While this brew isn’t only about the hops, it is pretty much about the hops...

 
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Flux Pavilion
Flux Pavilion
Flux Pavilion

British DJ Flux Pavilion’s latest album, Blow the Roof Off, is a terrific collection of hip-hop and techno beats. It starts with a funky bass riff before giving way to more stereotypical dubstep beats that squeak and sputter on...

 
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Jen Chapin
Jen Chapin
Jen Chapin

Daughter of the late folk icon Harry Chapin, singer-songwriter Jen Chapin plays a little bit of everything on her latest album, Reckoning. Opening number “It’s All Right” is rather jazzy and “Insatiable” has echoes of Joni Mitc...

 
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Author Dave Hill
Author Dave Hill
Author Dave Hill
 

Dave Hill: Serious about Comedy

 
September 24, 2013
 



A Cleveland native, Dave Hill started out playing in area bands such as Sons of Elvis, Cobra Verde and Uptown Sinclair before becoming a standup comedian and author (he hasn’t given up on rock ‘n’ roll, though...

 
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The Band of Heathens
The Band of Heathens
The Band of Heathens

An introspective album about change and personal growth, Sunday Morning Record, The Band of Heathens’ fourth studio album is its most personal yet. It starts out with a reflective ballad about their hometown (“Texas”) and then ...

 
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AFI
AFI
AFI
 

AFI: On the road again

 
September 19, 2013
 



AFI released its hardcore-inspired debut Answer That and Stay Fashionable in 1995. Nearly 20 years later, the band’s sound has shifted, veering toward Goth-punk. Thanks to getting some good exposure on MTV in the ‘00s, the band...

 
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Gov't Mule, credit: Anna Webber
Gov't Mule, credit: Anna Webber
Gov't Mule, credit: Anna Webber

When the jam band Gov’t Mule originally set out to record Shout!, it had no intention of recruiting guest vocalists for the album. But as the idea of including cameos grew, frontman Warren Haynes took the concept to another lev...

 
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Icona Pop
Icona Pop
Icona Pop

When the Swedish dance duo Icona Pop played at Lollapalooza over the summer, the band had fans singing along to its music and dancing like they were at a nightclub even though it was the middle of the afternoon and bright dayli...