Thursday, September 09, 2010

MMMBop, redux

Christina Caldwell
Issue date: 9/9/10

After years of being heckled as little more than a '90s boy band with instruments (or a girl group with instruments, if you were a boy in elementary school questioning your sexuality at the time), Hanson is looking to make a comeback. They have been for the last 13 years, actually.

Still, despite being legitimately talented, we can't forget those cherub-like fresh faces that took over our homes by mmmbopping their way into the hearts of our kin. That was the Hanson of years past. Today, brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac are looking a bit manlier and performing that way, too. Instead of churning out cutesy pop songs, they perform soulfully on their new record, Shout it Out, proving that they were more than a label-manufactured tween product to begin with.

Hanson, Mesa Arts Center, September 14, 7 p.m., $30

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