Heart @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

NEWARK, NJ – When Heart opened its April 6 show with “Barracuda,” a song that frontwomen Ann and Nancy Wilson wrote in 1977 as an angry response to sexism in the music industry, it was a reminder that not a lot has changed for women since then. But if Ann …

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Nickel Creek @ Beacon Theatre

MANHATTAN, NY—The origins of a Southern California bluegrass band, Nickel Creek (formerly known as The Nickel Creek Band) started with a meeting of two pre-teen mandolin students, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile. Sean recruited his sister, Sara Watkins, to play fiddle, and Chris’ dad, Scott Thile, played bass. At first, …

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Skate And Surf Festival: Day 2 @ Asbury Park Oceanfront

ASBURY PARK, NJ—As the clouds began to clear out on Sunday, May 18, the second day of this year’s Skate And Surf Festival perfectly closed out the weekend’s celebration in style. There was a sense of optimism that graced the Asbury Park oceanfront as bright skies shined over the festival …

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Boz Scaggs @ State Theatre

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Boz Scaggs will be turning 70 next month, but you’d never know it judging by his demanding two-hour set, including three encores, at New Jersey’s legendary State Theatre in New Brunswick on May 6. The legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist brought his unique brand of blue-eyed soul to town on a …

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The Split Squad @ The Bowery Electric

MANHATTAN, NY—It is 1980 again, or maybe even 1965, thanks to The Split Squad, a new band comprised of old wave pop veterans. Singer/bassist Michael Giblin of Cherry Twister and Parallax Project began assembling like-minded friends in 2011. The first recruit was guitarist Keith Streng of The Fleshtones, followed by …

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Stryper @ Stage 48

MANHATTAN, NY—Vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet and drummer Robert Sweet became born-again Christians in 1975. Inspired by the burgeoning nearby Los Angeles hard rock bands such as Van Halen, but distressed by their message, the Orange County-based Sweet brothers formed a band that would extol their worldview and religious beliefs. With a …

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Boy George @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—Boy George was born George Alan O’Dowd in 1961 in Kent, England. Growing up as a teenaged David Bowie fan in the 1970s, he started dressing up. George was part of the English New Romanticism movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. He and his …

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Eisley @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Eisley are an indie rock band from Tyler, Texas, consisting of four siblings (Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, and Weston DuPree) and their cousin (Garron DuPree). The band was conceived in 1997 when lead guitarist Chauntelle and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Sherri began creating music together in their bedroom. Younger sister Stacy (who …

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Local H @ Mercury Lounge

MANHATTAN, NY—Local H started as a trio of high school buddies in 1990 in Zion, Illinois, but after the bassist quit in 1993, the remaining members carried on as a guitar and drums duo. Vocalist/guitarist Scott Lucas had a high school friend modify his guitar with an added bass pick-up …

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Carcass @ Best Buy Theater

MANHATTAN, NY—As a teenager, guitarist Bill Steer was immersed in the punk rock and the newly developing death metal music scenes, trading tapes and following whatever bands visited his native northwest region of England. He formed a hardcore punk band called Disattack in 1985. Shortly after another punk rocker, bassist …

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