The Zombies

Now in their 51st year together, The Zombies are regularly cited as one of the most influential UK pop rock bands of all time. The group first formed in 1961 in St. Albans, and led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, it scored US hits in the mid- and late '60s with "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season." The band's 1968 album Odessey and Oracle is ranked No. 80 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In a recent Top 100 British Albums chart featured by NME, Odessey and Oracle appeared at No. 32 and was fittingly described as "British psychedelia with a kaleidoscopic vision that rivals even The Beatles."

The Zombies are cited as influences by many major mercurial artists, including Courtney Love, Badly Brawn Boy, Paul Weller, Super Furry Animals, Magic Numbers, Billy Joel, and the Arctic Monkeys. Zombies songs are regularly covered live by such varied artists as Beck and Belle & Sebastian, and they appear regularly in films and TV shows, including Dear Wendy, Awakenings, Kill Bill 2, and The Simpsons – evidence that the band's music really is as fresh and relevant today as it ever was. Breathe In, Breathe Out, The Zombies' latest release, came out in 2011.

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The Left Banke

The Left Banke produced two of the most enduring and bittersweet songs of the 1960s – "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina" – which have been covered by everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Alice Cooper. However, the group's impact goes far beyond its placement on the Billboard Top 20 charts. The band's pioneering use of classical string arrangements and lush vocal harmonies helped usher in the Baroque Pop movement, soon championed by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Love, and Procol Harum.

No longer able to resist the calls for a reunion, founding members Tom Finn and George Cameron have reformed The Left Banke for the band's first live performances since 1970. In order to recreate the unique sound of their past recordings, Finn and Cameron have assembled some of New York City's finest musicians to round out new millennium version of the band. The group's recent NYC-area reunion shows (including two sold-out nights at Joe's Pub and a holiday performance with NYU's All-University Choir) have generated a tremendous amount of buzz among music journalists and fan-sites, and the band is now touring throughout 2012!

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