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Football, apple pie, baseball caps, and deathly secretive same-sex encounters in the locker room -- these things were once "All-American" until some of the boys rejected these rites of flowering manhood. Then they grew their hair long and picked up a guitar. As it turns out, rejection is just as all-American as acceptance. So when All-American Rejects bassist/singer Tyson Ritter launches into a peppy lament on the single "Swing, Swing," it's more than vanilla creme in the TRL Twinkie, it's iconic. "Did you think that I would cry on the phone?/Do you know what it feels like being alone?" If you can answer these timelessly rhetorical questions, let yourself believe it doesn't matter that this band is signed to media megalith Dreamworks and not some independent label in a rinky-dink town with two stoplights. It's a fun song about a shitty breakup on an album that goes down as easy as apple pie, or maybe Jimmy Eat World. All-American Rejects perform with Motion City Soundtrack at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-564-1074.


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