Well, this is interesting. From out of nowhere arrives In Motion, the second album from Lakeland, Florida's, Copeland. Somehow, unlike so many Central Florida acts, this upstart four-piece actually cobbles together influences that range beyond last year's MTV pap. Over the course of In Motion's ten tracks, Copeland moves from antique Beatles-esque pop harmonies to fuzzy, low-fi breakdowns to radio-bright melodic rock. That stylistic breadth sets them apart -- as does the fact that their songwriting remains smart and sophisticated even as it dips into that dangerous, lucrative, mass-appeal sound. They're passing through South Florida on a huge national tour and gaining momentum in the press, which almost guarantees that when they come back, they'll be somewhere a lot less intimate. Take advantage while you can. -- Jonathan Zwickel
Copeland, along with Acceptance, Lovedrug, and As Tall as Lions, play at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 954-564-1074.
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