Paramore @ Pier 40

MANHATTAN, NY—A 13-year-old Hayley Williams moved in 2002 from her hometown Meridian, Mississippi, to Franklin, Tennessee. Soon, she became a vocalist in a funk cover band called The Factory. The teenager secured a major label record deal in 2003, but she refused to become the record company’s newest teen pop …

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Jason Aldean @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—Jason Aldine Williams was raised by his mother in Macon, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three, and during the summer he would spend time with his father in Homestead, Florida. Before going to work each day, his dad would map out guitar chords on notebook paper to …

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Dr. Dog @ Terminal 5

MANHATTAN, NY—Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken first began writing songs and playing music together in eighth grade in West Grove, Pennsylvania. Over the next few years, they played together in a myriad of bands including Raccoon, Unleash The Bastards, and Beard. Eventually they recorded and released their first album in …

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ Beacon Theatre

MANHATTAN, NY—For about 12 years, the heavy-touring Brooklyn-based Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings brought 1970s-style funk and soul music to an increasingly larger fanbase. The band’s fifth album, Give The People What They Want, and its supportive concert tour were to spearhead the revivalist movement even further in the …

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Citi Presents Evenings With Legends: Band Of Horses

MANHATTAN, NY—Vocalist/guitarist Ben Bridwell washed dishes at the famed rock club The Crocodile in Seattle, Washington, all the while dreaming of playing in a band that would be better than the ones he saw perform there. He was promoted to line cook, but came to resent many of the promoters, …

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Pillow Theory @ Mercury Lounge

LOWER EAST SIDE, NY—Pillow Theory (often stylized as pILLOW tHEORY) formed in New York City as a power trio in 2001. The band has gone through various personnel changes, but Pillow Theory has remained the vehicle through which lead singer/guitarist Kelsey Warren has explored his songwriting and performance. Pillow Theory …

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Citi Presents: Evening With Legends – John Legend @ The McKittrick Hotel

MANHATTAN, NY—Thanks to the Super Bowl’s arrival in the New York/New Jersey region, live music fans in the area had the opportunity to enjoy corporate-sponsored performances by big-name artists in small venues. Citibank was among the sponsors, and during the week before the game hosted the series Citi Presents Evenings …

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The Slim Kings @ The Bowery Electric

EAST VILLAGE, NY—Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Michael Sackler-Berner and lead guitarist Henry Geller knew each other in elementary school. Years later, Sackler-Berner was in New York recording music for the television shows Sons Of Anarchy and Law & Order and Geller was living in San Francisco and playing live gigs. They connected …

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Reagan Youth @ The Bowery Electric

EAST VILLAGE, NY—Singer Dave Rubinstein (Dave Insurgent) and guitarist Paul Bakija (Paul Cripple) met at Forest Hills High School in Queens, the same school that the Ramones attended. With two other fellow students, the duo formed a band that would become Reagan Youth in 1980, during the first wave of …

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The Bullys @ The Bowery Electric

EAST VILLAGE, NY—In 1997, Johnny Heff of The Rockaways was a firefighter in the East Village’s Ladder 11 and moonlighted as the leader of a second generation punk rock band, The Bullys. The group recorded two albums and played local clubs. Heff was not scheduled to work on September 11, …

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