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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Art Series IX: Kaliyuga @ QXT’s

NEWARK, NJ—Number nine in the series of art and media exhibitions held every other month at QXT’s, Newark’s iconic underground dance club featured a fascinating array of displays. Curated by multitalented impresario Ben Faresich and his artist partner Nicole Zanetakos, who collectively conduct their operation under the title “Dactsaurylus,” this …

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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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The Sedona Effect @ R Bar

MANHATTAN, NY—Female-fronted Brooklyn-based dark electro band The Sedona Effect put on two screenings of their newly-released (January 2014) music video “Cross The Line” at the R Bar on Manhattan’s Bowery on a recent Thursday night to a large crowd of black-attired, dark wave fans. This band is the solo project …

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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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Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ B.B. King Blues Club

MANHATTAN, NY—In the early 1970s, the New Jersey shore’s music club circuit provided audiences, stages and stipends for the local pool of musicians. These musicians formed countless variations of lineups, as new bands formed and split faster than most locals could track. The bigger-than-life success of Bruce Springsteen in the …

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That Metal Show @ Metropolis Studios

EAST HARLEM, NY—VH-1 Classic’s That Metal Show featuring my buds Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine made its triumphant return to New York City this past January to film season 13 of the hit metal talk show after taking the show from New York to film in sunny Los …

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