In this week's big feature, Nicki Escudero looks at the burgeoning career of North Scottsdale crooner Dawn Jameson -- examining whether she's just another no-talent slutwave star along the lines of Ke$ha or if she's got talent to match her looks. Whether you agree she's got the goods or not (you can watch a video here) you'll probably agree there's more than meets the eye with Dawn, who is also the mother of a 9-year-old daughter and sings in her church's choir.
In other local-ish music news, I preview what's sure to be an amazing show Friday, as Tucson's Calexico plays a unique concert at Corona Ranch.
Mike Escoto talked to Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino about the parallels between his band and Metallica -- it makes sense when you read the piece -- and you can check out the full transcript of that interview here on the blog.
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We've also got shorter show previews on the Soundcheck Music Festival featuring Digital Summer and Authority Zero, Tennis, T-Model Ford, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, and Ensiferum.