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After putting heads on notice with 2010’s Therapy Sessions, Radio Ramone’s 2011 project, Blind Man’s Dream, landed on prominent hip-hop blogs, including and, and catapulted the Vegas native from being another local talent to an MC who could quite possibly find his way to a record label. With a new album, Abstract Radio, on the horizon, the MC whose name pays homage to the boombox-carrying character in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing will be taking his craft to the Vegas StrEATS Festival stage on May 12 (600 E. Fremont St., 6 p.m.-1 a.m., free, If the DJ Finyl-produced lead single “Don’t Love Me” is any indication, Ramone will open his soul for your consumption.

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Remembering a Vegas musician


Remembering a Vegas musician

By Jarret Keene

On April 23, musician Tommy Marth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was only 33, and with so much life ahead of him, I never thought to thank him for all he did for me personally, all he did for Vegas’ cultural atmosphere. Tommy could do anything. In 2003, as arts editor for Las Vegas CityLife, I asked him to pen CD reviews. He was a natural-born writer. We got along well because we had similar taste in jazz. And we both thought his siblings’ indie-rock band, the Big Friendly Corporation (whom he often joined onstage), underrated.