Pop Evil at House of Blues
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Sometimes, a band name seems to be rather telling, only to be pretty confusing. For Michigan’s Pop Evil, images of colorful folk-art sugar skulls or cartoonish pictures of cherubic, pitchfork-wielding devils might come to mind rather than masculine, beefy rock. But since its first record in 2004, this hard-charging outfit has specialized in the type of post-grunge that, for better or worse, made Creed and Stone Temple Pilots household names in the years following Kurt Cobain’s death. Critics will often deride Pop Evil’s thick, radio-ready polish, while fanatics appreciate its lyrical sincerity. As it turns out, Pop Evil is neither pop nor evil.