8/14: Nickelback at Blossom

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Remember the good ol’ days when nobody knew what the hell Chad Kroeger was singing about on “How You Remind Me”? There’s no such ambiguity on Dark Horse, Nickelback’s sixth album of high-octane rock ’n’ roll. When Kroeger tells a girl she’d “look so much cuter with something in [her] mouth,” there’s little doubt what that something is. Same goes for the lady who “didn’t make it this far by just shakin’ hands” (maybe she had an awesome résumé?). Between the loose women (“S.E.X.”), drunken nights (“Burn It to the Ground”) and parking-lot enlightenment (“If Today Was Your Last Day”), Nickelback’s latest album doesn’t stray far from the band’s comfort zone. Producer Mutt Lange super-powers everything: guitars, drums, harmonies. Even Kroeger’s throat-scraping vocals are pushed into overdrive this time around. All the better to eliminate any trace of subtlety. Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel open at 6 p.m. at Blossom Music Center (1145 W. Steels Corners, 330.920.8040). Tickets: $29-$83.50. — Michael Gallucci

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