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Band of the Week: Canterbury Arts Club | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: James Douglas (guitar, vocals), Brandon Lichtinger (guitar), Rob Carter (bass), Mark Bradbourne (drums) OBSESSED WITH MUSIC FROM AN EARLY AGE: Local singer-songwriter James Douglas started playing guitar when he was only 5. “I then started writing songs when I was 9, and I haven’t stopped,” he says....
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Band of the Week: Public Squares | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Thuck Apton (via human vessel Brandon M. Abate, drums, vocals), Regulus Nine (via human vessel Steven Manko, bass), Dr. Rex Reezin (via human vessel Bill Kowalcic, guitar, additional vocals) NO REAL PLAN IN MIND: From Up There, the latest album from this local act, serves as the...
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Band of the Week: The Full Counts | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Eric Vermillion (bass, vocals), Mike Quinlan (drums), Mark Urbano (guitar), Ethan Winograd (guitar, vocals) A SUPER GROUP OF SORTS: This band that includes ex-members of Gumball and the Cynics came together a couple of years ago when Vermillion started jamming with Quinlan in a band called FOOD....
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Band of the Week: Sasha Sloan | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND:Sasha Sloan (vocals) A PIANO PRODIGY: Sloan, who is of Ukrainian descent, grew up in the Boston area and taught herself to play piano when she was only 5. “I guess I’ve always been doing music.My mom had this piano in our apartment in Boston,” she explains. “I’m...
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Band of the Week: Saul Glennon | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Jack Rugan (vocals, guitar), Jerry Rugan (drums, vocals) and Adam Zieleniewski (bass, vocals) HERE COME THE ’80S: Just in time for its 25th anniversary, this local band has released its 10th studio effort, North on Broadway. The album celebrates the Broadway/55th Street neighborhood where Rugan grew up,...
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Band of the Week: Laura Rain and the Caesars | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Laura Rain (vocals), Steven Bostik (bass), Scott Veenstra (drums), George Friend (guitar) A DETROIT SOUND: Rain grew up just south of Detroit,, listening to Motor City acts such as Aretha Franklin. “I have been singing ever since I can remember,” says Rain. “It called to me. It...
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Band of the Week: Pale Hollow | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Michael Allen (vocals, rhythm guitar), Kirk “Nemo” Nemerovsky (drums), Jeff Ritchie (bass), Scott Steinbrick (lead guitar) IT STARTED AS A SOLO PROJECT: Allen played bass in another local band in the ’90s, and after that band split up, he started writing his own songs. He had a...
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Band of the Week: Window Dogs | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Sean Breeden (vocals, guitar), Dan Cooley (guitar, banjo), Joey David (drums), Jonathan Khouri (keyboards, vocals) and Brian Thompson (bass) LANDING WITH NEW LISTENERS: The band formed in 2015 as two other local bands merged and started playing songs that Breeden had written. “We have this dark-folk sound,...
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Band of the Week: Gold Dime | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Andrya Ambro (vocals, drums), Ian Douglas-Moore (bass), John Bohannon (guitar) TO THE BEAT OF HER OWN DRUM: Ambro grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, where an older brother helped shape her musical interests. “He grew up in D.C. in the late ’80s and early ’90s and was into...
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Band of the Week: Operators | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Dan Boeckner (vocals, guitar), Devojka (keyboards), Sam Brown(drums) and Dustin Hawthorne (bass) AN INDIE ROCK SUPERGROUP OF SORTS: When his indie rock band Handsome Furs broke up about seven or so years ago, Boeckner had written an entire album for the band that it didn’t have a...
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Band of the Week: Andy Grammer | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND:Andy Grammer (vocals, guitar, piano) OUT ON THE STREETS OF SANTA MONICA: Singer-songwriter Andy Grammer started busking in the streets of Santa Monica. He says he learned a couple of key things from that time period. “Back then, I learned if you have something magic, people will stop,”...
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Band of the Week: Toronzo Cannon | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND:Toronzo Cannon (vocals, guitar) BORN ON THE SOUTH SIDE: Born in Chicago, Cannon grew up on the city’s notorious Southside. He says he didn’t initially know it had such a rich blues history, but he’d eventually discover Theresa’s Lounge, a hot blues joint that was in his neighborhood....
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Band of the Week: Raveena Aurora | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Raveena Aurora (vocals) A CUTURALLY RICH CHILDHOOD: R&B/indie pop singer Raveena Aurora grew up in Queens, New York, where her parents immigrated from India after the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. She was raised in a traditional Sikh household but still managed to absorb healthy doses of R&B, soul, jazz...
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Band of the Week: Biz Markie | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Biz Markie (vocals, turntables, beatbox) OLD SCHOOL: Markie grew up in Long Island listening to early hip-hop. “The first tape I ever heard was Busy Bee Starski. That inspired me to get into hip-hop,” Markie says. “I got rejected. That’s what ‘The Vapors’ is about. I said...
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Band of the Week: Pronoun | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Alyse Vellturo (vocals, guitar, drum programming, bass programming) AN EMO-ROCK-POP HYBRID: Vellturo grew up listening to lots of hip-hop before gravitating to indie rock. “My transition into rock was the Strokes,” she says. “I worked at a record store, and they would pay me in CDs. I...
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Band of the Week: Cody J. Martin | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Cody J. Martin (vocals, guitar) HE’S A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY: Martin writes songs that, as he puts it, rest “where folk, blues and country music intersect.” He originally played guitar in numerous bands throughout high school but started his solo career about 10 years ago after gravitating to...
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Band of the Week: Capgun Cowboys | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND:Phil Verhoef (vocals, guitar, trombone), Greg Yanito (vocals, guitar), Todd Nelson (drums), Mark Loncarevic (bass), Kevin Hegedus (guitar), and Mike Chipchak (drums) BEYOND BORDERS: The seeds of what would become the band were planted at a Jayhawks/Freddy Jones Band concert at the Odeon Concert Club in Cleveland in...
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Band of the Week: The Damn Torpedoes | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND:Ty Hurless (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Geno Stroia II (bass, vocals), Tim Veillon (guitar, vocals), James Rannefeld (drums), James Reynolds (keyboards) OHIO BOYS: A tribute to Tom Petty, the Damn Torpedoes formed some ten years ago when singer-guitarist Ty Hurless, who grew up in the Canton/Massillon area, graduated from...
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Band of the Week: The Regrettes | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Lydia Night (vocals, guitar), Genessa Gariano (guitar, backing vocals), Brooke Dickson (bass guitar), Drew Thomsen (drums) SHE LOVES ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: Night, 18, says she can remember listening to the Ramones and Joan Jett when she was just a child. Both acts left a lasting impression. “I...
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Band of the Week: Nilufer Yanya | Band of the Week | Cleveland

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MEET THE BAND: Nilufer Yanya (vocals, guitar) THE BENEFIT OF HAVING ARTISTIC PARENTS: British singer-songwriter Nilufer Yanya says that when she was younger, she really didn’t think about the significance of having parents who were visual artists. “Now, I can see looking back at how it helped me choose something...

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