The geeky Motion City Soundtrack is often called punk because of its label Epitaph's punk-heavy roster. Truth be told, the band is just about as punk as similar-sounding Jimmy Eats World, and, well, that's just not very punk at all. The Mark Hoppus-produced Commit This to Memory followed up the group's okay debut, I Am the Movie. Memory is power-pop with the faux angst of spoiled suburban kids that is, at least judging by frontman Justin Pierre's warbling falsetto that does for pop-punk what another Justin (Hawkins, of the Darkness) did for Spandex rock. Backed by superb vocal melodies and a keyboard/Moog player who likes to perform handstands atop his instruments, Pierre will make you believe, as MCS's biggest hit assures us, "Everything Is Alright."
Motion City Soundtrack performs Tuesday, April
11, at Florida International University's Pharmed
Arena, 11200 SW 8th St, Miami. Tickets cost $10.
For more information, call 305-348-2297.