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Macy Gray performs at Le Cabaret Sauvage on December 17, 2012 in Paris, France.

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Neon Hitch

Neon Hitch performs at Warner Music Group's Warner Sound showcase at La Zona Rosa during SXSW in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012.

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Santigold

Santigold performs at Warner Music Group's Warner Sound showcase at La Zona Rosa during SXSW in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012.

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Flux Pavilion

Flux Pavilion performs at Warner Music Group's Warner Sound showcase at La Zona Rosa during SXSW in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. performs at Hype Machine's Hype Hotel during SXSW in Austin Texas on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012.

Billy Gibbons and his All Star Band

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Billy Gibbons and his All Star Band

A sold out to the rafters crowd of Austin music fans were treated to a very special evening of rockin' blues on March 10th, 2012 served up by Billy Gibbons and his All Star Band featuring Eric Johnson, Martin Guigui, Anton Fig, Jamey Johnson, Ellis Hall, Van Wilks, Ruby Jane, Phil Lopresti, and Keith Hubacher marking the grand opening of Uncle Billy's Rooftop At Lake Travis.

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Jay-Z at SXSW

Jay-Z performs during the "Amex Sync Show Presenting Jay-Z" at ACL-Live  in Austin, Texas on March 12th, 2012.

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Jack White Kicks off Tour In Chattanooga

At this point, more than a dozen years since the White Stripes’ peppermint-swirled debut, Jack White’s resume could be pretty fairly described as "towering," stacked with records, production credits, film roles and label proprietorship. He seems like such his own person, such his own kind of person. But while he’s at the center of all these projects, he’s concealed by them, too – masks behind masks and all that. It’s hard to get him alone, which explains the air of piqued excitement around his first solo album, Blunderbuss, to be released in April. He appeared at Track 29 in Chattanooga, Tennessee for his first-ever solo headlining show, kicking off a brief tour in support of the album on Saturday, March 10th, 2012.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard perform together during The Smith Center's Opening Night event in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 10th, 2012.

Jennifer Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson sings to an excited audience during her performance at The Smith Center's Opening Night event in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 10th, 2012.

M. Ward

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M. Ward at KCRW

"I do love music, but I don’t love to do the same thing over and over again," M. Ward told Rolling Stone over a glass of white wine on Friday night in Santa Monica, relaxing backstage before recording a live performance of songs old and new for KCRW-FM. "I’m lucky to have talented friends and talented collaborators."  M. Ward performed for a taped live session at KCRW on Friday, March 10th, 2012 to be released April 10th, 2012.

Bruce Springsteen

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Bruce Springsteen’s Tour Kick Off at the Apollo

Bruce Springsteen kicked off his 2012 tour at New York's Apollo Theater on Friday, March 9th, 2012. The show was the E Street Band's debut of Clarence Clemons' nephew Jake Clemons.

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O.A.R.

Marc Roberge of O.A.R. performs during the 4th show of a 5-night run at Bowery Ballroom in New York on March 9th, 2012

Mumford and Sons

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Mumford & Sons in Nashville

Ben Lovett, Ross Holmes and Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons perform at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on March 7th, 2012.

Big K.R.I.T.

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Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. sings to the fans at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Thursday, March 8th, 2012.

Florence Welch, Florence and The Machine

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Florence And The Machine

Florence Welch dances for the crowd as Florence And The Machine performs at Alexandra Palace in London on March 8th, 2012.

No Age

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No Age

No Age performed a very special and unexpected show at Death by Audio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for a super excited and packed house on Wednesday, March 8th, 2012.

Arctic Monkeys

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Arctic Monkeys

The Arctic Monkeys perform in Boston during the first leg of the 'El Camino' tour with The Black Keys on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012.

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Jane’s Addiction

Perry Farrell and Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction perform at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey on March 6th, 2012.

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Estelle

Estelle dances for the crowd during her performance at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012.

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Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa performs during Cypress Hill's Smokeout at thee NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California on March 3rd, 2012.

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Florence And The Machine

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs at BIC in Bournemouth, United Kingdom on March 4th, 2012.

joan baez

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Joan Baez

Joan Baez performs at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom on February 29th, 2012.

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Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett performs at the New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall in New York on February 28th, 2012.

Eddie Van Halen

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Jump!

Eddie Van Halen onstage during the "A Different Kind of Truth" tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 28th, 2012.

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Van Halen

David Lee Roth slips into something more comfortable onstage during Van Halen's "A Different Kind of Truth" tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 28th, 2012.

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Keith Richards and Elvis Costello

Keith Richards and Elvis Costello perform during the ceremony honoring Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen with PEN New England Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston on February 26th, 2012.  

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen performs with Boccigalupe and The Bad Boys during a Special Night of Music for Tony Strollo at the Press Room in Asbury Park, New Jersey on February 25th, 2012.

The Promise Ring Reunite

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The Promise Ring Reunite

The Promise Ring reunite and performed a special show at Milwaukee's Turner Hall on Friday, February 24th, 2012.

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Young The Giant

Eric Cannata and Sameer Gadhia of Young The Giant perform at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago on February 23rd, 2012.

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Yonder Mountain String Band

Ben Kaufmann and Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band perform at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina on February 23rd, 2012.

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Jane’s Addiction Kick Off Their Tour

Jane's Addiction play to a sold out house during the first concert of the band's 2012 tour at the Pageant in St. Louis on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012. 

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks played to a packed house at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012.

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Stonesfest

Norah Jones, Nicole Atkins and others perform at Stones Fest 2012 at Webster Hall in New York on February 22nd, 2012.

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White House All Stars

Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr., B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Shemekia Copeland, Susan Tedeschi and Keb' Mo' perform during a celebration of blues music in recognition of Black History Month at The White House in Washington, DC on February 21st, 2012.

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The Flaming Lips

Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performs as part of the 2012 Noise Pop Festival 20th Anniversary at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco on February 21st, 2012.

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