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It was an arm wrestling match for the Country Music portion of the 24th Review Awards. No longer spread across the margins among bands and musicians, two groups basically swept away the evening: The 25 Cent Beer Band and Mandi Layne & the Lost Highway.

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The Mid-Michigan music scene took another step into the future the day I Became The Sky decided to launch their brand of rock and roll into the state's already legendary musical stratosphere. To mark its nearly three years on the scene, I Became The Sky is going to host a record release party on Saturday, Feb.

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Following a year of renewal in 2008, Sprout plans once again to tackle yet another monumental piece of recorded historical depth. Last January's tribute to The Band with a performance of The Last Waltz brought Sprout to another level as they spread their musical good will across the Tri-cities.

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The movie industry keeps one busy and Lee Kazimir is a great example. Maintaining day to day operations with all he has going on, Kazimir happened to get in touch with The Review last minute via Email to answer some questions about the movie More Shoes, in which he directed.

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Even though tourist season is pretty much over, when October 11th rolls around, Bay City is certain to become jam-packed once again. It's not the time of year or even the town itself that will be drawing excitement, it will be the Hells Half Mile Film & Music Festival, kicking off its sophomore year and running from the October 11-14th.

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Sometimes it's ironic what can happen when you throw a band together for a joke. Get out the drag, slap on some makeup, lock into that '70s retro, let loose on the dance floor and you might feel like you're onstage with The Beefy Sloppy Gypsies.

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Blues man Ronnie Baker Brooks is starting to get familiar with the Tri-cities. On Saturday, April 21, Brooks will return to headline the State Theatre in Bay City where he sold an audience with his playing, vocals, and showmanship, just four years ago opening for Larry McCray.

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From Albert Collin's sideman to the master list of female blues guitar giants, Debbie Davies has covered all the ground there is in blues music. Launching a career that has been well-coveted, as well as a musician status of high reputation, Davies never rests on her laurels.

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Janiva Magness has the #1 blues CD of 2006. Using her newfound status in the music industry along with an incredibly powerful voice, Magness is now able to speak out for what she believes in. Originally from Detroit, the vocalist will be making her first appearance in Bay City at the State Theatre for the Saginaw Bay Area Blues Society's annual Cabin Fever Blues Fest’ 2007.

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It's quite remarkable to have unexpected success after years of labor. As we all strive to do our best and attempt to accomplish our goals in life, every so often we are reminded that there is more than a glimmer of hope when hard work pays off.

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`The Review is trying a new column where we take an all-around look at the scene, both local and national and see what's new and/or changing under the radar. Open to all genres, you might find a new local release, bits of shimmering under-the-surface music info, a review, and or fresh quotes.

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Wishful thinking can be the longest straw in a cap when you want to be heard. The Avery Set have released their first formal debut studio CD, Wishful Thinking and it is full of antidotes that reach beyond their young ages.

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Even since some five years before Frank Zappa's death in December 1993, little has been done when it comes to offering his music in a live setting, save a few incredible and underscored tribute bands, some of which even featured many of the composer's former band mates.

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Wiretree may be the best kept music secret outside of Austin, Texas. The group’s power pop sound wrestles with an Americana folk spirit that provokes some of the finest tunesmith work coming out of the Lonestar state in many years.

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After a slow start musically, 2010 wound up being a wonderful year for revisiting old music, hearing comfortable familiar friends and venturing within some new styles from classic artists. Sights and Sounds have gone above and beyond the radar this year to offer up this holiday gift guide for your music fan.

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