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Jackie's second album arrives on Saturday, September 19. Peabody's (2045 E. 21st St.) will host the CD- release party, with Lovesick Radio opening. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets $6.

The album, Almost Broken, has been a long time coming, but it shows in the music. "Suddenly" is a radio-ready rocker, and the album has a handful of power ballads (like "More Than This"). Since the Cleveland singer's 2005's debut, her backing band has reshuffled and stepped up its game. Guitarist Patrick Ols (APG, ex-Gatlin) shows off on crunchy tunes like "The Choice" and "Faithful."

Mushroomhead main man Steve "Skinny" Felton helped the band connect with its inner aggression in the writing process. The group recorded the album with Mike Brown (Gerald Levert, Trendy) at Lava Room Recording.

Team Jackie is putting together a special stage show for the release show. Manager-dad Sam LaPonza says the group is in talks to sign on for a six-week overseas USO tour.

The Ohio Hip Hop Awards will be held September 18th-20th with events — from workshops to live performances by Cam'ron and Dipset — taking place all over town. The awards are on September 19 at Clevland Convention Center. Visit for a full schedule.

Chiodos singer Craig Owens personally chose Cleveland's Hot Mess Electric to open his solo show at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Hts. Blvd., Cleveland Hts.) Wednesday, September 23. Automated Loveletter also play. Doors are at 6 p.m., tickets are $12 advance, $14 day of show. Hot Mess singer Justin Vaughn used to play with members of the Promise Hero in the Honor Role. Guitarists Jeff Dennis previously played in Asking for the World and guitarist Ian Eberhardt was in Saint Helena. The dark pop group is getting ready to record their second release, which will feature live favorites like "Tongues" and "By a Thread," alongside catchy new songs like "Coattails." Check them out at

Singer-songwriter Brian Straw has a new band, the Buried Wires. The power-pop group also features vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Alex Tapié, bassist Matthew Gengler (Aloha) and drummer Dan Price (Megachurch, ex-Machine Go Boom). "This is not my new backing band," says Straw. "It's a collaboration." The group makes its live debut Friday, September 18, at the Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave.) with Afternoon Naps. Showtime is 9 p.m.; admission is $5.

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