Evan and Jaron

Photogenic twins Evan and Jaron go for a straight-forward, inoffensive and generally bland version of power-pop rock 'n' roll that relies more on their good looks than musical hooks. It is dangerous in one sense: It contradicts the notion that Rick Springfield hasn't had that much of an influence on modern rock 'n' roll.

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Band: Evan Lowenstein, Jaron Lowenstein, Rodger, Paul Trudeau, Jorgen Carllson, Pete Thorne.

Photogenic twins Evan and Jaron go for a straight-forward, inoffensive and generally bland version of power-pop rock ‘n’ roll that relies more on their good looks than musical hooks. It is dangerous in one sense: It contradicts the notion that Rick Springfield hasn’t had that much of an influence on modern rock ‘n’ roll.

Hailing from Atlanta and seemingly known equally for their hit single “Crazy for This Girl” and their orthodox Jewish faith, the Lowenstein brothers performed the bulk of their debut Columbia disc and a smattering of tunes from their 1998 Island CD “We’ve Never Heard of You Either.” Seventy-minute perf demonstrated why “Crazy” hasn’t had a followup smash: They don’t have anything else that’s nearly as catchy.

“Crazy” showed up late in the set and the mere fact that it has modulated and nuanced parts made it stand out from the pack of songs that droned on at a single upbeat pace. Their one ballad is evidence the duo has little command of how to write for a slower pace.

Openers Michelle Branch and Maroon attracted many of the fans who helped nearly fill the El Rey; by the time Evan and Jaron took the stage, they played to a two-thirds-full house of their own enthusiastic followers. Perhaps better songs will allow them to expand their demographic.

Evan and Jaron

El Rey; 700 capacity; $15

Production: Presented by SFX and Star 98.7. Reviewed June 27, 2001.

Cast: Band: Evan Lowenstein, Jaron Lowenstein, Rodger, Paul Trudeau, Jorgen Carllson, Pete Thorne.

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