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Jarrod Gorbel

8 p.m. Sunday, April 25. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Jarrod Gorbel used to be the frontman of indie-rock troupe the Honorary Title, and while he may have officially shed the name and embarked on a true solo career (his debut EP, Ten Years Older, emerged late last year), the music hasn't changed all that much. (In fact, the RFT's description of the Honorary Title from last year — "perfect background music for folding jeans at the Gap" — still holds true for Gorbel's new material.) At their best, Gorbel's songs sound like Butch Walker ("Optimism"); unfortunately, the songs on Ten Years Older are rarely at their best. Luckily, since the singer only has a four-song EP to his name, it's safe to assume he'll be digging into the well of his previous band to flesh out his set, so get ready to yell for "Bridge and Tunnel" and "Everything I Once Had," two of that defunct band's best cuts.

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