9/12: Marcy Playground at Roc Bar

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Nothing screws up a career like a platinum debut. Marcy Playground’s 1997 eponymous album spawned the massively successful “Sex and Candy,” which drove sales into precious metal territory and raised unrealistic expectations. The band’s 1999 follow-up, Shapeshifter, was every bit as good as its predecessor but fell short on sales. It was five years before the band attempted another album, MP3, a fan favorite but a commercial dud. After another five-year gap, the fourth Marcy Playground album, Leaving Wonderland… in a Fit of Rage, was finally released in July. Originally slated to be frontman John Wozniak’s solo debut, he bowed to label pressure and retained the band’s name for the project. While the smell of “Sex and Candy” may not be as pronounced as it was a dozen years ago, Marcy Playground are still making effective post-grunge waves. Red Water Rojo and Light Weight Slams open at 8 p.m. at Roc Bar (1220 Old River Rd., 216.771.6655). Tickets: $12. — Brian Baker

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