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Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson opens up about touring, trophies and diggin’ ditches

Thompson Square in the midst of their March 29 performance. Square's Keifer Thompson (right) speaks exclusively to's Mark Lewis.
April 16, 2012

Country music’s newest sensations, Thompson Square, are the married duo of singers Keifer and Shawna Thompson. Their self-titled debut album released in 2011 was the No. 1 Most Played Record of 2011...

Country’s most buzzed about new band Thompson Square excites Sacramento crowd out-performing headliners Lady Antebellum

Husband-and-wife country duo Thompson Square are inseperable during a March 29 concert at Sacramento's Power Balance Pavilion.
April 16, 2012

Although Lady Antebellum may have been the headliners of a trio of country acts that performed in front of a sold-out Sacramento crowd on March 29, it was a husband-and-wife country duo named Thompson...

Secondhand Serenade rivets Sacramento audience who can’t help but fall for them

Serenade's John Vesely plays Sacramento's Ace of Spades sans band on March 19.
April 15, 2012

John Vesely, better known as the one-man band Secondhand Serenade, performed a captivating nine-song set to a packed crowd of “emo-ites” at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club on March 19, 2012. The...

Secondhand Serenade’s John Vesely dishes about his fans, touring with Boyce Avenue and his upcoming album

John Vesely, better known as Secondhand Serenade, sits down with's Mark Lewis.
April 11, 2012

Prior to a March 19 tour stop at Sacramento’s Ace of Spades club, The Current’s Mark Lewis was given the chance to sit down opposite John Vesely who you may know better as the one man band Secondhand...

Recording artist Alyssa Graham talks jazz, Jersey and Whitney Houston

The Current's Mark Lewis introduces ARC to iTunes'
April 8, 2012

Have you ever heard of Alyssa Graham? If you haven't - you’re probably not alone. Here's your chance to discover an artist on the cusp of notoriety. In an exclusive interview with, singer-songwriter...

Alyssa Graham: Precisely what you’re missing

Alyssa Graham and her band perform in front of a packed Hotel Utah on March 17.
April 8, 2012

Alyssa Graham hit San Francisco’s Hotel Utah on March 17 to perform for an intimate crowd of 50 people lucky enough to be granted the privilege of listening to one of music’s best unknown artists. In...

“The Voice’s” Dia Frampton speaks exclusively to

March 26, 2012

The second season of NBC’s hit television series “The Voice” premiered immediately after the Super Bowl to a record 39.6 million viewers. The singing competition featuring coaches Christina Aguilera,...

American River College meets “The Voice’s” Dia Frampton

American River College meets
March 26, 2012

Fan favorite runner-up of last year’s inaugural season of “The Voice” brought the only thing that mattered to a sold-out March 15 crowd at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion – her pipes. The...

311 dials in an indecent performance

311 lead singer Nick Hexum reaches out to a sold-out crowd on March 7 but fails to connect.
March 15, 2012

The alternative funk rock band, 311 (pronounced three-eleven), played Sacramento’s Ace of Spades on March 7 to a sold-out crowd spending a mere 90 minutes performing a 23-song set that was an “ugly...

Big Time Rush excites and entertains a sold-out Sacramento audience

The four members of Big Time Rush performing in Sacramento on Feb. 20.
February 24, 2012

Current boy-band sensation Big Time Rush offered up an evening of pop precision for a largely female-loaded audience at the group’s Feb. 20 concert at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. It was a...

Wilco sonically mesmerizes local audience

Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy performs on Feb. 1
February 9, 2012

For close to two hours, Wilco sonically mesmerized the extremely diverse crowd of fans whose ages ranged from their late teens to 20s, 30s, and 40-somethings (I was seated next to that man who hawks hot...

The Fray talks to in advance of Feb. 20 tour stop

The Fray talks to in advance of Feb. 20 tour stop
February 4, 2012

After being honored as the 84th most influential band of the last decade by Billboard magazine, Denver, Colo.’s The Fray is set to release their third studio album – the first of this decade -- on...

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