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Canadian acoustic rocker flies south, and flies solo, for the winter.

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Matthew Good has been rocking solo ever since his self-titled band broke up in the '90s. While he's on tour to promote his third CD, Hospital Music, he's traveling with only two others: a lighting dude and someone to babysit his guitars while he's "walking out onstage like Dylan." "Usually, there's an illusory disconnection between the band and the fans," says Good, who's in town for a concert at the House of Blues with opening act Fionna Faulk. "I find that evaporates with acoustic shows."After fronting one of Canada's top-selling alt-rock bands, which was named after him, success in the U.S. music market is starting to catch up with Good. Having no record deals in the States, he released his CD on iTunes nearly a year ago. Stunningly, it's been selling well without the kind of marketing afforded by a major label. "For Canadian bands, you go down to America, and you're either a Nickelback or you're a failure," says Good. "I don't believe that." The concert starts at 9:30 tonight at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room, 308 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $12. Call 216-523-2583 or visit www.hob.com/cleveland.
Thu., March 20, 9:30 p.m., 2008

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