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Sean Benjamin

Meet the Artist: Singer-songwriter Sean Benjamin has opened for alt-rock types like the Goo Goo Dolls and Switchfoot, but he's just as big on singing hip-hop hooks and playing solo acoustic gigs.

Dark Side of the Sean: Benjamin's latest record, the super-ambitious I Exist, includes both an "industrial sensual dance number" and "the spirit of a Pink Floyd album," he says.

Jock Shock: In keeping with a listen-to-me album title like I Exist, Benjamin will do anything for an audience, even if it means having an ex-girlfriend take off her shirt on Opie & Anthony so they'll let him play a song live on the air.

Boogie With Dru: A true try-anything troubadour, Benjamin has utilized everything from turntable scratching by co-producer buddy Dru Boogie ("Should I [Live DJ Mix]") to singing an entire song in Italian ("Il Cantuatore").

Why You Should Hear Him: Benjamin wants to be everything to everyone: "Available solo acoustic, full band, or with DJ," he says. The dude will perform for anyone who wants to listen, including audiences in England and Scotland.

Where You Can Hear Him: seanbenjamin.com

Where You Can See Him: At the Grog Shop on June 30. — Dan Weiss

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