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Diarrhea Planet surf through alt-rock, pop and hair-metal history

A four-guitared wave of excess will crash through the High Noon Saloon on June 17, leaving a sweaty mess of headbangers in its wake. It's Nashville six-piece Diarrhea Planet, who'll share the stage with Milwaukee rockers Midnight Reruns and local garage punks Fire Retarded. >More
 Lyrics Born exemplifies the Bay Area's cultural and musical diversity

Appearing on Saturday, June 7, Lyrics Born is the only hip-hop artist at the 25th annual Marquette Waterfront Festival. Shaped by funk, new wave and electro, the Tokyo-born, San Francisco-raised rapper should appeal to fest-goers who haven't embraced hip-hop as well as his longtime fans. >More
 Dancing violinist Lindsey Stirling turns classical music into club tracks

It's not uncommon to hear about artists splicing seemingly disparate genres together to create an engaging new sound. Rocktronica, for example, is everywhere right now. Still, marrying classical music with EDM and hip-hop is not something you hear about every day, which is what makes Lindsey Stirling's material so intriguing. Dance music from a classically trained violinist who also dances while playing? How does that happen? >More
 Jeffery Broussard gives zydeco music a modern twist with zesty accordion solos

Zydeco music is exciting to begin with, but Jeffery Broussard makes it even more so. Perhaps it's because music surges through his blood. While growing up, the Louisiana native played drums in bands led by his father and brother, and he taught himself to play the accordion. >More
 Jessica Hernandez adds sweetness and spice to Detroit's garage and soul traditions

Before Jessica Hernandez became the powerhouse lead singer of a rock and soul band, she decorated cakes in her family's Mexican bakery in south Detroit. Her parents recognized her musical talent long before she did. >More
 Bear Claw wallop listeners with two powerful bass guitars

Bear Claw make pulverizing post-rock with the power it takes to snap a double-neck bass in half. That's because they have two bass guitarists in addition to a drummer. The band call Chicago home, but Midwest shows like a May 9 gig at Mickey's Tavern could become scarcer now that bassist Rob Raspolich is relocating to New York. >More
 Milwaukee trumpeter Brian Lynch has gigged with jazz greats like Art Blakey

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch released Spheres of Influence in 1997. The title is a statement about Lynch's musical style, which ranges from straight-ahead bebop and driving hard bop to Latin jazz and world fusion. "I love it all," Lynch says. >More
 Jo Mersa is a rapper, a crooner and a pedigreed reggae artist

Jo Mersa grew up touring, but he wasn't the star. As a 5-year-old on stage in front of thousands, he left most of the singing to his father, Grammy winner Stephen Marley, and his other musically gifted family members. They are, after all, the descendants of reggae legend Bob Marley. >More
 Lydia Loveless stands up to the man

When 23-year-old country punk Lydia Loveless recorded a single for Record Store Day 2014 -- a nationwide event happening this Saturday, April 19 -- she shocked some fans by releasing a cover of Kesha's "Blind." In addition to identifying with the pop star's irreverent spirit, Loveless wants to show her own music's great variety of influences, many of which come from the pop world. >More
 Americana trio Red Molly reveal one surprise after another on The Red Album

Red Molly have left a significant mark on the Americana landscape over the past decade, in part because they're so interested in musical styles that are distant cousins of folk and roots music. >More
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