Artist Interviews

Fresh off the heels of their self-titled seventh studio album, Staind singer Aaron Lewis has announced he will soon release his first full-length solo album — country music style.

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They call it conscious hip hop, as in socially conscious – sometimes it can be almost political. This emerging sound is at the forefront of the local music scene in Seattle, a place that has been known to spark a music revolution or two. 

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Born on a military base in Fort Carson, Colo., singer-songwriter Michael Grimm has paid his dues to get where he is today. But despite winning season 5 of America’s Got Talent in 2010, which earned him $1 million and contract with Epic Records, the soon to be 32-year-old Grimm still says he has much to prove.

Before entering the show, Grimm had released three independent albums from 2007-10 and America’s Got Talent was his big chance.

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With more than 16 million records sold, it’s hard to argue that 3 Doors Down doesn’t belong atop of any list. The southern boys from Mississippi — well, most of them anyway — last played Beaumont’s Ford Arena in 2009. But no matter how and when they play here, their popularity continues to soar.

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Platinum recording artist Puddle of Mudd released their first record in 2001, Come Clean, which went on to sale more than more 3 million copies. The group would give us rock hits like “Control,” “Blurry,” “She Hates Me,” “Famous” and “Psycho,” just to name a few.

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Formed in 2009 in Houston, Killing Clover gives us a sound reminiscent of Bad Religion, The Misfits and a little of The Ramones. Forming in 2009 in Houston, the band  plays gigs at Warehouse Live  and will soon be competing in the Battle of the Bands at Fitzgerald’s on Sept. 4.

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Many thought Richard Patrick was crazy for leaving Nine Inch Nails in 1993, but after millions of fans heard the first album from his band Filter, they applauded him.Filter graced the music world with five studio albums with popular tunes such as “The Best Things,” “Welcome to the Fold,” “Dose,” “Where Do We Go from Here?” and, of course, “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.”

 

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There’s been a plethora of white rappers such as Eminem, 3rd Bass, Beastie Boys, Bubba Sparxx, House of Pain, Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings, Paul Wall, Rehab and Vanilla Ice, just to name a few. Each has had their own niche whether it was rapping clowns, dancing or straight up lyric-slinger. But none are Mickey Avalon.

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The music industry is one of constant change. One thing is for certain though — Papa Roach is a mainstay in the rock world.

The rockers from Sacramento celebrated 10 years of greatness last September with the release Time for Annihilation, which is a 14-track disc with five new songs and nine live recordings of some of their best hits like “Getting Away with Murder,” “...To Be Loved,” “Lifeline,” “Scars” and “Last Resort.”

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