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Blue October/Empires/Stars in Stereo 

When: Thu., Oct. 11, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $25-$35
Blue October, a group that sounds a bit like the Dave Matthews Band, formed in 1995 in Houston, Texas and initially self-released its debut on the label run by the parents of frontman Justin Furstenfeld and his brother, drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld. Now they’ve moved well beyond those humble beginnings and found commercial success with their 2005 album Foiled. They even paired up with Twilight series author Stephanie Meyer (author of the Twilight series) on a sold-out concert/book tour that visited four cities in 2008. Almost all of the band’s source material is about Furstenfeld’s demons; many of the songs address his ongoing battle with depression and other mental ailments. On last year’s Any Man in America, the lyrics take a page out of Eminem’s musical playbook and dwell on divorce and a custody battle. The title track is overt proof of this and essentially serves as a call to arms, asserting that “every man in America” should “take back your control.” If that doesn’t sound misogynistic enough, there’s a part where he goes on a hate-filled rap-talk directed towards his ex-wife. (Sam Mendez)


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