A thumbs up from Joywave is all you really need to agitate some gravel to head out and see a band or an artist. Hell, they turned me on to KOPPS. Anyhow, Andrew McMahon's forward-thinking pop rock is a sunny blend of astute lyrics and melody. He's also the principal songwriter in Jack's Mannequin and Something Corporate.
Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness will play with Joywave, New Politics, and Coleman Hell on Friday, January 29, at the Main Street Armory, 900 East Main Street. 7 p.m. $30. mainstreetarmory.com; andrewmcmahon.com.