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TV competition loss doesn't leave local musician James `Voiceless'.

COLUMN: POP CULTURE NOTEBOOK

Local musician Sam James is having a good time of it lately, isn't he? First, his song "So Clear," featuring local musical heavyweights Gamble & Burke, appeared on the Lifetime movie "Sexting in Suburbia," and now he's made an appearance on the "The Voice," where he auditioned Monday with the song "I Don't Want To Be," by Gavin DeGraw. Alas, he didn't move forward in the competition, but judging from a post on his Facebook page, he doesn't seem too terribly broken up by it:

"Guys," writes James, "Thank you so much for your support from `The Voice'! You are all amazing. I know you tuned in to see and it didn't go as planned for me ... don't be discouraged, I assure you I'M NOT. It was an incredible experience and opened lots of great doors for me. Please continue to show me love and come out to shows in your area. You mean a lot to me and the response from tonight was amazing."

While it would have been nice to have a local do well on a non-cooking-based reality TV competition, we do at least feel good that a talented local musician is being spared prolonged exposure to Maroon 5. (No, we will not get over it. We're not sorry.)

James also notes on Facebook that his new EP is being released at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cafe 939 at the Berklee College of Music.

So congratulations, Mr. James, and here's looking for more great things ahead. (Victor D. Infante)

On the road

Massachusetts rockers Staind and Godsmack are teaming up with Pennsylvania's Halestorm for the Mass Chaos Tour.

The tour has 20 confirmed dates so far with two in New England, 6 p.m. May 16 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H., and 7 p.m. May 18 at the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion in Maine.

According to a source, Staind and Godsmack will be sharing headlining duties - meaning the closing band will be an alternating spot (much like the system Korn and Disturbed used in 2011 for the Music as a Weapon Tour). Also, "There is a Massachusetts date in the works."

The last piece of information is a positive thing, since, you know, it is called the Mass Chaos Tour featuring two prominent Massachusetts bands. (Jorge Bannister)

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