S.O.B. ~ Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Nathaniel Rateliff is a singer-songwriter from Denver, Colorado. Acclaimed for his folk based, pensive songwriting, Rateliff has garnered attention with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the soulful, R&B combo he formed in 2013. Rateliff grew up in rural Missouri, learning to play the drums at age seven. As a young teenager, he taught himself guitar and began writing his …

Clint Eastwood ~ Gorillaz

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Gorillaz are an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. This band is fronted by four animated members: 2D (lead vocals, keyboard, and melodica), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar), Noodle (guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). These members are completely fictional and are not personas of any “real life” musicians involved in …

Hallelujah ~ Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, …

Iris ~ Goo Goo Dolls

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The Goo Goo Dolls are a rock band that formed in 1987 in Buffalo, New York by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac. The Goo Goo Dolls initially consisted of John Rzeznik (vocals, guitar), Robby Takac (vocals, bass guitar) and George Tutuska (drums, percussion). While Takac and Tutuska had been long-time friends in school, Rzeznik was playing in the band The …

The Tale of Two Stairways

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Led Zeppelin have been sued for copyright infringement by the estate of Spirit guitarist, Randy California and other members of the band claiming that the acoustic guitar introduction on Zeppelin’s 1971 Stairway to Heaven was lifted from the 1968 Spirit instrumental, Taurus. I have been around music, musicians, bands, radio, and concert venues for years.  NEWSFLASH:  Musicians “lift” all sorts of ideas, …

Hero ~ Family of the Year

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Family of the Year is an American indie rock band based in Los Angeles, California consisting of members Joseph Keefe (vocals/guitar), Sebastian Keefe (drums/vocals), James Buckey (guitar/vocals), and Christina Schroeter (keyboard/vocals). Their music uses melodic male/female vocal harmonies and folk tale-style lyrics. They are perhaps best known for their international chart hit, “Hero”, which became a top 10 hit in …

No Quarter ~ Led Zeppelin

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Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted inblues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique …

Mother Earth ~ Kawika Kahiapo

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David Kaiupileokalani Kahiapo or Kawika Kahiapo is an American song writer and musician. Kawika’s story begins in the small town of Kane`ohe on the beautiful windward side of O`ahu. One cannot think about the windward side without images of the breathtaking Ko`olau mountain range, lush, green valleys and the magnificent ocean views. Born to Samuel (Uncle Sam) and Josephine (Aunty …

Hoosier Blues ~ Joel Mabus

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“Joel Mabus is one of contemporary folk music’s most eclectic performers. A skilled guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin player and melodic songwriter, Mabus has played everything from traditional folk tunes to bluegrass, blues, and original songs.” Craig Harris at AllMusic.com Where is he from? He was born and raised in a working-class family in a modest Southern Illinois town, about …

Shine On You Crazy Diamond ~ Pink Floyd

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Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic or space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. They are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art, and elaborate live shows. One of rock music’s most successful acts, the group have sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 …