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Upcoming shows you should check out

THIRD EYE BLIND

Wednesday, October 7, Ziggy’s, 170 W. 9th Street, Winston-Salem, 336.722.5000

If you need a reason to step back from that ledge, my friend, then know that Third Eye Blind is coming to Winston-Salem to give a whole night of reasons to do so. That’s right, the five-piece rock band that provided the soundtrack for the better part of most Gen-Xers high school and collegiate experiences, Third Eye Blind is coming. For some, the memorable classics off of the self-titled album from 2007 invoke memories of high school graduation parties, homecomings and adolescent innocence. Other people connect on different levels:

The music of Third Eye Blind came at a time when grunge and garage punk were on the outs of the MTV generation, and the incoming class of emotional rock and rollers were not afraid to show their affection for both friends and significant others through song. And catchy hooks and simple melodies. It will be a reunion of sorts for the lucky attendees of the show, and if you do happen to catch Third Eye Blind on this tour, then you’ll most likely connect with a high school friend, because that’s just what Third Eye Blind is, the high school friend you haven’t forgot about but don’t check up on nearly enough. Tickets to the show are $28-$33, and the show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. IAMDYNAMITE is billed to open the show.

COLLECTIVE SOUL

Saturday, October 10, Cone Denim Entertainment Center, 117 S. Elm Street, Greensboro, 336.378.9646

Although there is a healthy list of 90s alt-rock bands that deserve 21st century recognition, Collective Soul is arguably one of the top listed. Struggling through various projects before landing on CS through a random demo recorded by session players, frontman Ed Roland found a lasting sound that would help take the Atlanta band to the top of Billboard lists and land the group triple platinum status on record sales. And all of this was before 1995. After that, the typical story of rockers getting fucked over by management (we’ve all read about that story) and various legal battles over contracts took over, but that wouldn’t stop the act from releasing more albums that would also reach platinum status. You can’t stop Collective Soul. The band is currently touring in support of the latest album, See What You Started By Continuing. Tickets to the show start at $28-$50. Show starts at 8 p.m. !

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