3 Doors Down

With Our Lady Peace and Shinedown. Saturday, August 9, at Tower City Amphitheater.

John Mayer, with the Counting Crows Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls 7 p.m. Monday, August 11, $35.50-$45.50, 216-241-5555
3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down
Mississippi's 3 Doors Down makes top-notch second-rank rock: "Kryptonite," the big one from their 2000 debut The Better Life, married cleanly corrosive guitars, efficient rock-dude vocals, a Nickelback chorus that actually swung, and a snare-drum riff that made it easy to pick out on the radio. Away From the Sun, the band's latest, is less distinctive -- slower tempos, Rick Parashar's anonymous production, no snare riffs -- but it still shows how capable of filling a slot these guys are. Lead single "When I'm Gone" could be the score for a zillion angry Friday-night drives away from home or her or whatever.
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