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The Fray 

With Mute Math. Tuesday, January 16, at the State Theatre.

In 2006, Denver's the Fray went from zero national recognition to platinum-selling MTV darlings. The band's journey started with "Over My Head (Cable Car)," a simply awesome anthem about relationship failure (or any other failure, really). Its conviction and worm-like melody burrowed its way into the skull with vigor.

Despite the success, the band totally resembled an indie-rock one-hit wonder, but then came "How to Save a Life," the second single from its debut disc of the same title. It made an even bigger splash, and like an American version of Radiohead's Thom Yorke (minus the eccentricities), it looks like we've yet to tire of frontman Isaac Slade's piano and voice.

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