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Kimm Rogers
Kimm Rogers
Kimm Rogers

Like the line in the Johnny Cash song, singer-songwriter Kimm Rogers has been everywhere, man. She moved from Cleveland to California and then to Nashville before moving back to California. There, after spending some time buski...

 
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Lilly Hiatt photo by Gregg Roth
Lilly Hiatt photo by Gregg Roth
Lilly Hiatt photo by Gregg Roth

Daughter of singer-songwriter John Hiatt, singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt just embarked on a tour in support of her sophomore record, Royal Blue, which was produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, T. Hardy Morris, Diamond Rugs). Her m...

 
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Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke
Blackberry Smoke

Holding All the Roses, Blackberry Smoke’s fourth studio album and its first for Rounder Records, might be the band’s heaviest yet. Singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr phoned in from his home just west of Atlanta to ...

 
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Guster
Guster
Guster

Once a fairly straightforward pop band, Guster goes in a different direction with its most recent album Evermotion. Produced by Richard Swift (Shins/Black Keys), it featuers Guster’s “most layered arrangments and wild ins...

 
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Joseph Allen Beltram
Joseph Allen Beltram
Joseph Allen Beltram

Cleveland singer-songwriter Joseph Allen Beltram‘s latest album, N. Cali Turnaround has a nice classic country flavor that mixes perfectly with strong lyrics and some Southern soul influences. His voice draws you into the...

 
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Cake, photo by Robert McKnight
Cake, photo by Robert McKnight
Cake, photo by Robert McKnight

Formed in 1991 by singer John McCrea, Cake started out as an alternative to alternative rock. Regardless of how out of sync it sounded, the band quickly found a following and was signed to Capricorn Records following the releas...

 
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X_X photo by JIm O'Bryan
X_X photo by JIm O'Bryan
X_X photo by JIm O'Bryan

A “no wave” band formed in Cleveland by John D Morton (electric eels, Johnny & the Dicks) back in 1978, X__X has recently picked up a bit of traction. Last year, the band was featured in a New York Times’ article that chron...

 
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Against Me! photo by Ryan Russell
Against Me! photo by Ryan Russell
Against Me! photo by Ryan Russell

It’s been a busy year for the punk band Against Me! The band toured Europe and Australia earlier this year and is now making its way across the U.S. While a new studio album is only in its nascent stages, the band has a live al...

 
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Mark McGrath (courtesy of PledgeMusic)
Mark McGrath (courtesy of PledgeMusic)
Mark McGrath (courtesy of PledgeMusic)

A few years ago, Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath and Everclear singer Art Alexakis launched Summerland, a tour that paid tribute to bands from the ’90s. Alexakis wanted that tour to get a bit heavier and McGrath wanted the tour t...

 
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The Mekons, photo by Derrick Santini
The Mekons, photo by Derrick Santini
The Mekons, photo by Derrick Santini

A veteran punk/alt-country band with some 30 years of material in its catalog, this July the Mekons will tour select U.S. cities as a full band. That’s a real rarity for the group whose members are spread out all over the globe...