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Collective Soul’s return to Alaska will be a homecoming for bassist Will Turpin, who was born in Fairbanks. Frontman Ed Roland’s wife was also born in Anchorage. “We have a lot of ties to Alaska,” Roland said.

Chris Bieri
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
The suicide of Robin Williams earlier this month sent staffers scrambling to find out whether or not the actor/comic had ever performed in Anchorage, like maybe back in the pipeline days. There weren't newspaper records of him stopping over in town, but a 2010 interview with Decca Aitkenhead in The Guardian suggested that movie-making in Alaska had something to do with his resumption of drinking after 20 years on the wagon.Mike Dunham