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Preston's picks: Maroon5 and The Gorillaz

Posted 1:52pm on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Maroon 5 at Superpages.com Center

Immaculate pop-rock with the wounded heart of a hopeless romantic -- this is Maroon 5's stock-in-trade. Fronted by the floating falsetto of Adam Levine, above center, this Los Angeles-based quintet has racked up scads of awards, plenty of units moved and the adoration of millions over the course of nearly a decade. That doesn't look to change with the band's latest release, Hands All Over. Machine-tooled for maximum radio impact by '80s rock svengali Robert "Mutt" Lange, it's a potent mixture of strutting sexuality; combustible, funk-tinged pop; and irresistible melodies (See the hit single Misery) that all but forces you onto your feet, dancing with abandon. With OneRepublic and Ry Cuming.

Gorillaz at Verizon Theatre

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's conceptual band rarely ventures beyond the recording studio, so a stop in our neck of the woods is cause for celebration. That Gorillaz, an "animated" band reliant upon flesh-and-blood musicians, is touring behind one of the year's best albums, Plastic Beach, is merely icing on the cake. The record's high-profile guest stars (Bobby Womack, Mos Def, Lou Reed and others) won't be appearing in Grand Prairie, but Plastic Beach's expansive, dense tunes are guaranteed. With N.E.R.D.

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