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Super Stereo @ Crescent Ballroom

In an age when Henry Rollins does Acura commercials, what does "selling out" even mean any more? Tempe "futurepop" band Super Stereo knows a thing or two about product placement: Their ditties have been featured on The Real L Word, TNT's Rizzoli and Isles, and E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians — in fact, that last show (the one with Kanye's lady) played the band's music a whopping three times in the same episode. It's for good reason. Their attentive, focused pop is the same sort of style that made Matt and Kim or Ting Tings unlikely chart- risers. So maybe it's not the too-cool-for-school audience that many bands seek, but Super Stereo is keeping it real and making some cash along the way. And screw you if you think having your songs played on reality shows cheapens them. Mere months after Super Stereo allegedly sold their soul to the same devil that thought up Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?, they're turning naysayers into believers in the Valley with one big Crescent Ballroom blowout, featuring fellow locals Snake! Snake! Snakes!, Factories, TABS, and more.

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Christina Caldwell