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You probably wouldn’t know it from the moody material she now plays, but singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata got her start playing in a funk band called Bumpus. She left that band to go solo in 2001 and eventually released her f...

 
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Some 30 years ago, saxophonist Ralph Carney joined offbeat Akron, Ohio punk rockers Tin Huey who played the same underground clubs as Northeast Ohio acts such as Rocket from the Tombs and the Numbers Band before garnering natio...

 
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Our love of R.E.M., which today announced it has disbanded, goes back to, well certainly Chronic Town (which we snatched up on vinyl last year as part of a Record Store Day promotion) and Murmur, but it really came to fruition ...

 
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Touring in support of her new album, Snow Shadows: Songs of Vince Martin, which arrives in stores today, singer-songwriter Alana Amram came through Cleveland last night to play to a sparse crowd at Wilbert’s, a small music venu...

 
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Since quitting his day job some seven years ago, singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton has gone from Internet sensation to up-and-coming recording artist. The sharp pop hooks and nerdy lyrics on his forthcoming album, Artificial H...

 
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We’re not huge metalheads over here, but we do sometimes like to crank the stereo and bask in the aural glow of some unadulterated rawk. And for the last couple of years, we’ve followed the avant-metal act Mr. Gnome (singer-gui...

 
 
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The Green Album

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September 2, 2011
 



A child of the 70s, we grew up on The Muppet Show. The quirky songs, bold offbeat humor and charming sensitivity put it in a category with few other TV programs—something our parents were as excited to watch as we were. Mom and...

 
 
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We’re old enough that we remember seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers back in the days when they performed in nothing more than strategically placed socks. In a recent NPR interview, singer Anthony Kiedis downplayed the socks stun...

 
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An interview with X’s John Doe

 
August 10, 2011
 



X is one of our favorite punk bands of all time. Definitely top 10 and maybe top 5. So when X singer-bassist John Doe puts out something new, we take notice. Doe has been recording as a solo artist for 20 years now. Due out Aug...

 
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Lollapalooza 2011: Day Three

 
August 8, 2011
 



Started off with a visit to the Cloud Gate or “The Bean” in Millennium Park and a leisurely lunch at the Park Grill. While the place isn’t particularly cheap, given the Fest’s going rates for libations, we were okay paying $10 ...