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By Alan HoWho:  Amanda MarkleyWhere:  Seattle, WASounds like:  Dia Frampton, Rachel Platten, William Beckett, Kelly ClarksonSometimes you turn a tragedy into inspiration…into a music career.  This is exactly what the Emerald City native has done thus far as a devastating spinal injury ended her horseback riding career.  The raw emotional roller coaster afterwards eventually became […]

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By Maura HarwoodWho:  Jon McLaughlinWhere:  Nashville, TNSounds like:  Ben Folds, Dave Barnes, Ben RectorIf you’re a fan of the singer-songwriter scene (and subsequently some of the most beautiful lyrics you’ll ever listen to), you’ve probably heard of Jon McLaughlin. Since 2007, Jon McLaughlin has been gracing the music industry with his gorgeous piano melodies and […]

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By Alan HoWho:  Alabama ShakesWhere:  Athens, AlabamaSounds like:  Janis Joplin, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Black KeysNever has a combination of 70’s style arena rock, mid 20th century blues rock, pure blues and hints of gospel, southern-fried rock ever sound so good in 2015.  And this quartet from Alabama has turned […]

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Who:  Hey VioletWhere:  Los Angeles, CASounds like:  5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low, Garbage, Foo Fighters, ParamoreSometimes a simple retooling is all you need to break through and that is exactly what fast rising pop-punk outfit Hey Violet has done.  The former Cherri Bomb, who were not only on this very feature about 3 […]