Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thrice tops this week's Top 5 concerts bill


Friday, Oct. 14

Thrice at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville at 7 p.m. ($19; call 732-238-5500 for more information.)

Why you should go: Thrice is not afraid to experiment. In fact, it is best known for its evolution over the years. It began in 1998 as a hardcore punk outfit, releasing "Identity Crisis" in 2001. The next two albums showed a considerable progression from upbeat punk to darker melodic and post-hardcore sounds, while 2005's "Vheissu" showed the quartet's more experimental and progressive side.
Saturday, Oct. 15

Cyndi Lauper at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood at 8 p.m. ($58.85-$112.60; call 201-227-1030 for more information.)

Why you should go: Cyndi Lauper is an award-winning actress, a singer, a songwriter and an LGBT rights activist, and one of the best-selling artists of all time. Best known for her hits "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," "Time After Time" and "True Colors," Lauper rose to fame in 1983 when her debut solo album was released. "She's So Unusual" became an international hit, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard charts in America, and although this still remains one of her most popular albums, her other songs and records have never failed to appeal to the masses.

Monday, Oct. 17

Jane's Addiction at Irving Plaza in New York City at 8 p.m. ($52; call 212-777-6800 for more information.)

Why you should go: Jane's Addiction is considered to be one of the most iconic bands of alt-rock. VH1 ranked them 35th on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, and many great musicians have been part of Jane's Addiction's lineup at one time or another, including current (and original) members Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins and Perry Farrell and past members Flea and Duff McKagan.

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Hanson at the Best Buy Theater in New York City at 8 p.m. ($32.50; call 212-930-1950 for more information.)

Why you should go: Hanson was formed in the early 1990s in Tulsa, Okla., by young brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson. Unlike many boy bands of that decade, Hanson played their own instruments and wrote their own songs. Although Hanson is best known for the 1997 hit single "MMMBop," the group is anything but a one-hit wonder. "Middle of Nowhere," Hanson's first major-label record, did extremely well, selling 10 million copies internationally, and it got them three Grammy nominations.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

The Wombats at Webster Hall in New York City at 7 p.m. ($16-$25; call 212-260-4700 for more information.)

Why you should go: Formed in 2003 when the three band members met at the Liverpool (England) Institute of Performing Arts, The Wombats have slowly but surely been climbing the ladder to success. Their debut single, "Girls, Boys, and Marsupials," was released exclusively in Japan in 2006, but soon their music drew the attention of fans in the UK. In 2007, their single "Backfire at the Disco" reached No. 35 on the UK Singles Chart, and it was followed by their debut full-length album ("The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation") later that year, charting at No. 11 in the UK.

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