5 Seconds of Summer (SOLD OUT) at House of Blues
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For a pop-rock boy band, Australia’s 5 Seconds of Summer are capable of moving beyond the easily digestible and disposable fluff of One Direction and other like-minded outfits. For one, these Aussies mine a more interesting amalgam of pop, rap, soul and rock — and they do so convincingly. The band’s cover of Chris Brown’s “Next to You” proved to be one of the surprise YouTube hits of 2011, and Luke Hemmings and crew haven't looked back since. 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good proved to be a healthy and heady collection of pretty boy rock that never kowtowed to the powers that be and instead showed a band willing to take risks while still thrilling an audience of (mostly) teenage girls. Sure, the hairstyles and dance moves may obscure the inherent tunefulness of “Jet Black Heart” and “Vapor,” but there is more going on here than just some handsome blokes preening into mirrors.