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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday To-Do: Jack's Mannequin

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Jacks Mannequin plays Revolution tonight.
  • Jack's Mannequin plays Revolution tonight.

7 p.m. Revolution. $20.50.

Back in 2004, Andrew McMahon left the Orange County heart-on-sleeve pop outfit Something Corporate and went out on his own under the moniker of Jack's Mannequin. His first album, 2005's "Everything in Transit," got a lot of early traction, but McMahon was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after it came out, and had to postpone touring.

After a bone marrow transplant from his sister, McMahon recovered and began work on 2008's "The Glass Passenger," which documented the rough road of recuperation from a life-threatening illness. McMahon's tunes call to mind a sort of piano-driven take on the totally earnest confessional-pop bombast of acts like The Get Up Kids and early Ben Kweller, or perhaps a less cheeky Ben Folds.

McMahon is nothing if not ambitious: In October, he collaborates with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra for a full-on symphonic production of his songs. Steel Train, Lady Danville and River James open the show.

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