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Tuesday To-Do: Bishop Allen

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BISHOP ALLEN
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $10.

It's a homecoming show for Christian Rudder, a Little Rock native who's built up a fairly amazing resume since going off to school at Harvard. During and after college, he served as the editorial director for TheSpark.com, where he designed and often participated in hilarious, web-famous science gags like the Stinky Feet Project and Date My Sister. After TheSpark.com sold to Barnes and Noble, Rudder and the founders of TheSpark.com developed OKCupid.com, which has become one of the Internet's largest dating services. Meanwhile, Rudder starred in one of the first so-called “mumblecore” films, Andrew Bujalski's “Funny Ha Ha,” and formed Bishop Allen with his Harvard classmate Justin Rice. Since 2003, the band's made incremental gains in the indie world and beyond, from self-releasing and self-promoting its first album (to a lot of buzz), to releasing an EP a month in 2006, to landing one of its songs featured prominently in “Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.” Bishop Allen, which plays catchy, stripped-down pop-rock, comes to town in support of its just released new album, “Grrr…”

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