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O.A.R.

Thursday, November 10; Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard)

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When grassroots heroes O.A.R. decided to hit the studio and record Stories of a Stranger — their latest album of infectious, island-influenced pop — Lava Records told them to take their sweet, sweet time. Seems the label wanted these Ohio boys to get their sound right, because O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) has always struggled to nail their live sound in a studio. They come closer to hitting the mark this time around, although bringing in super-producer Glen Ballard adds an unwanted slickness. O.A.R.'s live show is still the real attraction, though, two hours of what bassist Benj Gershman likes to call "structured improv."

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