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The All-American Rejects

The moniker adopted by the All-American Rejects is half accurate, half not. The "All-American" part fits the quartet's leaders, Oklahomans Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler, and it's not a bad description of their music, a thoroughly domesticated variation on classic power pop. However, these self-proclaimed Rejects have been widely embraced, thanks to the irresistible video for "Dirty Little Secrets," the tuneful ditty that kicks off Move Along, their latest disc, and they haven't been snubbed by the alt-rock crowd, either, even though their sound is about as dangerous as a plastic fork. Indeed, these guys are capable of being all things to all people, which explains why they seem as comfortable on MTV as they do on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. And while their accessible approach is unlikely to resonate over the long term, they sound just fine three minutes at a time. Granted, their show, opened by The Academy IsŠ, should run longer than that, thereby putting their freshly scrubbed charm to the test. If they don't step up their game, they might get rejected after all.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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