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Something Corporate

Monday, January 17; Mississippi Nights

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Something Corporate is supposed to suck. This is a theory that has plenty of evidence to back it: First, the band consists of five pretty boys who look like they spend way too much time on their hair; second, the Orange County quintet plays radio-friendly pop that excites its teenage fan club and makes music snobs blanch; and third, that horrible fucking name. Flying in the face of this evidence, however, is the fact that Something Corporate really doesn't suck at all. In fact, SC is a pretty terrific group. Yeah, the band attracts its fair share of mallrats, but those teenyboppers might be on to something. Frontman Andrew McMahon, equally adept at vocals and piano, helps to distinguish SC from its faceless peers. In concert the band vacillates between energetic and passionate, igniting the stage with heartfelt tunes that the little girls fully comprehend.

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