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Andrew McMahon Brings the Throwbacks to Levels

Despite the snowy weather, singer/songwriter Andrew McMahon managed to pack Levels Nightclub Thursday night. The all-ages show also featured indie band Schematic and rock band X Ambassadors.

McMahon rose to fame as the lead vocalist and pianist of pop-punk bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. Something Corporate formed in 1998 and was met with great success in the alternative music scene. McMahon formed Jack’s Mannequin in 2004 as a side project, although the band ultimately garnered equal success.

He now performs under the moniker Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, releasing an album by the same name in Oct. 2014. The album is noted for having a more prominent pop sound than his previous work.

Suffice it to say, much of the crowd was hoping to hear his older work, and he didn’t disappoint.

“I’ve been in a couple of bands, so I like to play a mix of everything,” McMahon said on stage.

McMahon’s older hits drew big cheers from the energetic audience, especially Jack’s Mannequin’s “Bruised,” which was featured on the motion picture soundtrack for Snakes on a Plane.

McMahon hasn’t toured much since the breakup of Jack’s Mannequin, meaning some fans were willing to drive hours to see him live.

“We drove four hours to see the show,” said Ohio resident Scott Sauer. “We’ve been following McMahon since Something Corporate ten-plus years ago, and we’re excited to be here.”

Despite a predominantly smooth performance, McMahon actually had to stop the set several times to deal with rowdy hecklers. McMahon handled it with humor, even dedicating the Something Corporate song “Cavanaugh Park,” a song about his days being bullied in high school, to a heckler in the audience.

McMahon closed out the show with an energetic encore. During the final song of his impressively lengthy hour and a half set, he surprised fans by jumping into the crowd and running through the upper level of the nightclub.

Overall, McMahon delivered a memorable performance that pleased his fans, both old and new.

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Sarah Caskie

Sarah is a senior majoring in Journalism. She can usually be found at Saint’s looking up cat videos, or writing about music and stuff. She can be reached on Twitter at @classycaskie or via email at [email protected]

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