By: Andy Cheng
Sat, Nov. 12
None of the members’ names are Jack, but that doesn’t stop these guys from rocking hard with Coldplay-style piano-guided tunes and honest, uplifting lyrics. Led by vocalist and pianist Andrew McMahon, Jack’s Mannequin has achieved critical and commercial success since its inception in 2004, with 2007’s The Glass Passenger debuting at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. The band’s recently released album People and Things debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 in Billboard Magazine’s alternative rock albums. The music video for “The Resolution” was directed by Stephanie Meyer, the infamous author of the Twilight series (which is sure to garner mixed reactions). In addition to receiving such high praise from critics, McMahon is a leukemia survivor, having contracted it in 2005 and defeated it since. If a man can survive cancer and continue to produce such optimistic music, it’s all the more inspiring.
Jack’s Mannequin at The Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona, (877) 283-6976; www.foxpomona.com. 7:30PM. $29-$32.