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By Andy Argyrakis
Mesmerized by Marina, Iceland's indie folk favorites, McGraw finds freedom
Monday, May 20, 2013

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Mesmerized by Marina: The ascent towards superstardom continues for Marina and the Diamonds, whose "Lonely Hearts Club" headline tour has proven so popular that smaller venues have been traded for larger ones to accommodate fan demand. In other words, don't go to the originally scheduled Vic Theatre venue to catch the Welsh singer/songwriter and her indie pop/new wave band, but rather head to the Riviera Theatre to hear bubbly tunes from 2012's "Electra Heart." Monday, May 20 at Riviera Theatre:

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Iceland's indie folk favorites: Ever since "Little Talks" hit the airwaves, burgeoning indie pop/folk act Of Monsters And Men found international acclaim well beyond its Iceland upbringing. The group is sure to play that tune and plenty from its debut disc "My Head Is An Animal," which is especially fitting for fans of The Decemberists, The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. Tuesday, May 22 at Aragon Ballroom:

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McGraw finds freedom: Sometimes signing to a new record label is the best recipe for a creative rebirth and Tim McGraw is certainly shaking up the formula on his Big Machine Records debut "Two Lanes Of Freedom." Besides his contemporary country base, the veteran taps into rock, pop and even a bit of soul on the project, not only making it his most ambitious album to date, but also his most infectious. Friday, May 24 at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre:

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