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Art Alexakis, Demure, Sawtell, 9 Gauge, Give it FM, Matthew Beltz, Tuesday Nights, Left Lane Ends, Kings & Vagabonds 

When: Fri., Feb. 21, 6 p.m. 2014
Price: $20-50
I've always chafed at the term "guilty pleasure." It's damage control. You shouldn't feel guilty for liking anything (unless it's Chik-fil-A). That being said, I feel at least a little guilty for liking Everclear as much as I do. The other day, I was bumping So Much for the Afterglow but turned that shit off as soon as I realized one of my roommates was right outside my door. Here's why: On one hand, Everclear are pretty emblematic of late-'90s post-grunge radio schmaltz, alongside (admittedly way, way worse) groups like Sugar Ray and Lit. And despite what lead singer Art Alexakis' trademark soul patch and ice-cold bleached hair may imply, he has no punk cred at all—his detractors (approximately the entire population of Portland, Oregon) insist he's an LA-to-the-core opportunist aesthete, and there's probably some truth to that. It doesn't matter, though. "Father of Mine" is a bulletproof pop song, certainly better than anything Heatmiser ever recorded. Don't worry, Art; the elitist natives just don't get it. MORGAN TROPER

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