Dum Dum Girls @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—The New York-based Dum Dum Girls formed in 2008 as a solo recording project in the Los Angeles bedroom of singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny (aka Kristin Welchez). Penny released a five-song CD in late 2008 under the name Dum Dum Girls. She named the project as a …

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Mac DeMarco @ Other Music

MANHATTAN, NY—Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV was born in British Columbia, Canada, and was raised in Alberta. He was named after his great-grandfather, Vernor Winfield Smith, who was the Minister of Railways and Telephones in Alberta in the 1920s. His mother changed his name to McBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco when …

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Asking Alexandria @ Best Buy Theater

MANHATTAN, NY—Only one internationally-known heavy metal band can claim to have originated in the United Arab Emirates. Guitarist Ben Bruce started Asking Alexandria in Dubai in 2008, but that original lineup recorded only one album and quickly disbanded. Bruce returned to his native England and formed a new version of …

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The Sound Of Animals Fighting @ Best Buy Theater

MANHATTAN, NY—Rich Balling of Rx Bandits gathered a collective of musicians in 2004 to record heavy, experimental and progressive rock music. Although the varying ensembles recorded three albums between 2005 and 2008 as The Sound Of Animals Fighting, it was unclear whether such a band actually existed. The musicians used …

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Drive-By Truckers @ Terminal 5

MANHATTAN, NY—Two longtime friends and former roommates, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, played together in various bands in the Shoals region of Alabama. Hood moved to Athens, Georgia, and in 1996 began forming what would become alternative country/Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, with the intention of luring Cooley back into …

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Boy & Bear @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Dave Hosking first gained local attention with a song he uploaded for a local radio station in his native Sydney, Australia. In time, he met another singer-songwriter, Killian Gavin, and the pair started jamming together. They met bassist Jake Tarasenko and drummer Tim Hart, both of whom had fronted …

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Justin Townes Earle @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—Justin Townes Earle grew up in South Nashville, Tennessee, with his mother, Carol Ann Hunter Earle. His father, alternative country music artist Steve Earle, gave Justin his middle name in honor of his mentor, Townes Van Zandt. Justin’s parents separated when Justin was two years old. Justin entered the …

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Queensrÿche @ Gramercy Theatre

MANHATTAN, NY—When Queensrÿche formed as a progressive heavy metal band in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, the original band members had no way of knowing that internal strife would develop some 30 years later to where two groups would be touring and recording under the same name. The original lineup consisted …

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Black 47 @ B.B. King Blues Club

MANHATTAN, NY—Larry Kirwan left Wexford, Ireland, for New York City at age 19 and played local clubs in several pub bands, including Turner And Kirwan of Wexford in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1989, he formed Black 47, named after a traditional term for the summer of 1847, the worst …

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Pigeon John @ Highline Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—John Dunkin, better known by his stage name Pigeon John, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and at age five moved with his family to Inglewood, California. Being a mixed-race child (half black and half white), Dunkin felt out of place in predominantly white Omaha and predominantly black Inglewood.

Dunkin …

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