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Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Bravery

Tonight @ the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage

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Critics were never that hot on The Bravery to begin with—they described the group's 2005 dance-rock debut as a shameless Killers rip-off—but they've taken an even harder line against the group's new The Sun and the Moon, a scattered, occasionally heavy-handed move away from their once synthy sound. Spin magazine summed it up thusly: "Harmless trendiness devolves into grating self-importance." The cold reaction to the album should put extra pressure on the band to deliver the goods live tonight when they do a 10 p.m. show at the U.S. Cellular Arena.