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Published Apr. 26, 2013

November Rush

Singer Emilie Dias and multi-instrumentalist Rian Ball are November Rush, a pop-rock duo from Tampa with a tightly polished sound and big dreams. The duo's driving sound and Dias' vocals call to mind Paramore or Michelle Branch, while Ball's piano- and synth-driven melodies and hooks almost feel like they could have been written for Demi Lovato or the Jonas Brothers.

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Kim Evans

For nearly six years, Kim Evans has been performing with Southern Exposure, and her voice is a staple at area restaurants such as R Beach in Hernando Beach and Mezzaluna in New Port Richey, as well as at local fundraisers. Evans sings a variety of music, including standards, R&B, disco and country. Her favorite artists are Natalie Cole and Eva Cassidy.

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Nathalie Hernandez

Within a few bars of her take on Taylor Swift's ballad White Horse, Dunedin High schooler Nathalie Hernandez had the attention of judges on NBC's The Voice. Hernandez, who was crowned Largo Teen Idol in 2011, advanced to the show's battle rounds under the tutelage of Christina Aguilera, and while she didn't win, the exposure has led to some higher-profile gigs around Tampa Bay. In March, she even helped judge this year's Largo Teen Idol.

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Macy Kate Marshburn

With covers of songs by Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J in her repertoire, it's clear Marshburn wants to be a pop star. The St. Pete singer (who sometimes goes by Macy Kate or Macy Marshburn) auditioned for The X Factor as a 14-year-old, and impressed with a version of Corrine Bailey Rae's Put Your Records On.

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The Best Day Ever

On a recent six-month tour on Carnival Cruise Lines, this pop-rock cover band - singer Lauren Elizabeth, singer-bassist Stuart Best, guitarist David Day, violinist Douglas Katez and drummer "Disco" - wrote a 23-song concept album, A Thousand Year Love Story. It makes sense, considering their listed influences include Coheed and Cambria, Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars.

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Odds are you've probably heard Mo'Gravy out and about in Tampa Bay, and you haven't even realized it. The five-piece acoustic cover band plays songs from across the pop-music spectrum, from artists ranging from Jason Mraz and Bruno Mars to the Beatles to Bob Marley to the Dixie Chicks, all with their signature delicate guitars and layered harmonies.

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Stix of Fire

Teenage pop-rock band Stix of Fire wear their allegiance to Tampa on their sleeves - "Tampa," after all, is thought to be derived from a Calusa word meaning "sticks of fire." Influenced by artists like John Mayer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, singer Nick McDonald, guitarists Cade Larson and T.J. Watts, bassist Logan Nelson and drummer D.A. Larson have played venues ranging from Curtis Hixon Park to Hard Rock Live in Orlando.

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