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Incubus

With Albert Hammond Jr. Saturday, February 3, at the Agora. The show is sold out.

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Incubus has been around so long that the SoCal band has actually outlived its initial genre tag. If you don't remember, it was "nu metal," which was cool for a minute back when Bill Clinton was president and everybody had jobs.

Nu metal used to mean funky, Korn-spawned thrash for the kids. Somewhere along the way, though, Incubus dropped the funky and became Creed-like balladeers. The 2006 album Light Grenades brings back the funk, but applies it to an airy melodicism that oddly echoes Radiohead as well as a vague "alt-rock" feel (whatever that means in this day and age). So this music isn't for the kids anymore. It's for folks who like guitars but not metal, anger but not rage -- and a tight, shiny corporate recording. Who's that, you ask? Well, it may be worth going as a social experiment, just to see what kind of dudes are really into Incubus in 2007.

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