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Before there was Americana music, there was Lucinda Williams. And while her rustic delivery of blues and country-tinged rock songs would now easily fit into the recently-coined designation, Williams -- who headlines Salmonstock this week -- has always been a slave to the song, not a particular genre.

Chris Bieri
6,000 people are expected to attend Salmonstock in Ninilchik this weekend. The festival, now in its fourth year, will feature more than 60 bands on three stages over the course of three days. Chris Bieri
After scoring two big hits, Grouplove is everywhere. They'll bring their sunny, hook-driven pop to Humpy's Big Spawn summer concert series July 19.Matt Sullivan
Dream-pop duo Beach House will play Bear Tooth in Anchorage Sept. 18. Anchorage is the first stop on the band's “Northern Exposure Tour" through Alaska and Canada.Alaska Dispatch
On June 28, 1966, John, Paul, George and Ringo spent the night in Anchorage, but did not perform. This weekend, Eli, Chris, Geoff and David will do their best to make up for that oversight when they present three shows as a Beatles tribute band called BritBeat.Mike Dunham
For a time, Swollen Members may have been the biggest hip-hop act in Canada. The Vancouver-based group has platinum records in its home country and four Juno Awards on its shelf (basically the Canadian version of the Grammys).Matt Sullivan
Alaska State Fair has announced the final performer for their 2014 concert line-up: rapper Flo Rida, most widely known for hit singles "Low," "Right Round" and "Whistle." He'll perform August 31 at the Palmer Fairgrounds. Alaska Dispatch staff
What informs the music of Hassan El-Tayyab and Shiloh Parkerson is love of folk music and persistent wanderlust.Matt Sullivan

For 33 years, Janet Carr-Campbell has been teaching Alaska kids singing and dancing through her nonprofit summer program, The Music Machine. Now, kids of former kids are joining in on the fun.

Loren Holmes
Tim Easton, Leeroy Stagger and Evan Phillips didn't let distance stop them from collaborating on a new album with a bigger sound. Chris Bieri