Scott Stapp @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—Anthony Scott Flippen was born in Orlando, Florida, to Lynda, a school teacher. Little is known about his biological father. He was adopted by Steven Stapp, a dentist who married Scott’s mother, and decided to take his stepfather’s last name. However, upon realizing that his initials would spell out …

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Lake Street Dive @ Bowery Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Mike “McDuck” Olson was a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, when he selected fellow students to implement his vision for an indie country, jazz and soul band in 2004. The guitarist/trumpet player recruited lead vocalist Rachael Price, who was from outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist …

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Percy Jones & MJ-12 @ Otto’s Shrunken Head

MANHATTAN, NY—Percy Jones has been playing progressive rock and jazz fusion since the late 1960s. He began teaching himself to play bass in the early ’60s while attending grammar school in his native Wales. At the time, he was inspired by the early American rock and roll he heard on …

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Children Of Bodom @ Irving Plaza

MANHATTAN, NY—Friends since early childhood in Espoo, Finland, Alexi “Wildchild” Laiho and Jaska Raatikainen shared an interest in heavy metal, especially death metal groups. They formed a melodic death metal trio called Inearthed in 1993, but had little success until renaming the band Children Of Bodom, recruiting new members and …

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Combichrist @ Theatre Of Living Arts

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Atlanta-based aggrotech band Combichrist performed at the Theatre Of Living Arts on Philadelphia’s famous South Street, the third stop on a 28-city U.S. tour that will cross the country and end up back in the deep Southeast in May.

The opening act, William Control, did an admirable job of …

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Los Lonely Boys @ City Winery

MANHATTAN, NY—The Falcones was a sibling band that played conjunto music in southern Texas during the 1970s and 1980s. After the Falcones split apart, Ringo Garza, Sr. went solo, backed by his three adolescent sons. The family relocated to Nashville in the 1990s, and gradually the sons emerged as a …

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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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