Act Naturally: Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles Talks about the Importance of Staying True to her Coffeehouse Roots

Act Naturally: Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles Talks about the Importance of Staying True to her Coffeehouse Roots

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles clearly remembers her first tour. It wasn't pretty.

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Fucked Up Comes to Beachland on Heels of Noisy New Album

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In the ’90s, the post-hardcore band the Jesus Lizard earned a reputation for fierce live shows that featured the unpredictable antics of frontman David Yow. The group never sold many albums but it did have a loyal cult following.

Nostalgia Reigns Supreme at Journey Concert at Blossom

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If you were at Blossom Music Center last night and didn’t do a lot of advance research, it might have been a bit confusing to witness the triple bill of Journey, Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power. At the very least, it perhaps warranted a bit of explanation and Steve Miller himself was quite happy to connect the dots for the uninformed, explaining that playing shows at the Fillmore Auditorium in their hometown of San Francisco did a lot to individually mold each of the three groups and bring them together.

Popular Single Catapulting Career of Cleveland Rock/pop Band Somekindawonderful

The story behind the formation of Somekindawonderful, a Cleveland pop/rock band that currently has a huge hit on its hands with the infectious synth-pop/soul single “Reverse,” sounds so incredible, it’s hard to believe it’s true. The band came together last year after Los Angeles-based singer Jordy Towers randomly met guitarist Matt Gibson and drummer Ben Schigel at the North Olmsted bar Aces Depot.

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