The All-American Rejects

The Sooner state quartet of mop-topped, raucous teen dreams took the sold-out El Rey on a 40-minute romp through hooky pop-punk songs informed by everyone from the Replacements to Weezer to Third Eye Blind to Green Day, proving the toe-tapping lilt of summertime-sweet single "Swing, Swing" to be no fluke.

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Band: Mike Kennerty, Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler, Chris Gaylor. Also appearing: Motion City Soundtrack, At the Park.

The Sooner state quartet of mop-topped, raucous teen dreams took the sold-out El Rey on a 40-minute romp through hooky pop-punk songs informed by everyone from the Replacements to Weezer to Third Eye Blind to Green Day, proving the toe-tapping lilt of summertime-sweet single “Swing, Swing” to be no fluke.

The All-American Rejects sometimes gives the impression of a high school band doing peppy arena-rock love anthems with a nod and a wink — songs like the chiming, melancholic “My Paper Heart,” the winning, nursery rhymey “Why Worry,” the sweaty energy of “Your Star.”

Charismatic singer/bassist Tyson Ritter has a strong voice that sometimes rises into range of the Cure’s Robert Smith. And depending on the point of view, the band is a guilty pleasure or a group of pure pop pundits.

Epitaph Records act Motion City Soundtrack were ideal openers for the All-American Rejects — full of irresistably goofy and manic garage rock.

The All-American Rejects

El Rey Theater; 700 capacity; $13.50 top

Production: Presented by Goldenvoice. Reviewed May 1, 2003.

Cast: Band: Mike Kennerty, Tyson Ritter, Nick Wheeler, Chris Gaylor. Also appearing: Motion City Soundtrack, At the Park.

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