As an eager young intern at The Dispatch, I once agreed to review a concert by Something Corporate, one of the most egregious offenders in American pop music.

As an eager young intern at The Dispatch, I once agreed to review a concert by Something Corporate, one of the most egregious offenders in American pop music. ("Punk Rock Princess"?) The one silver lining of that miserable four-band slog was Mae, a cut above their emo-pop brethren. They brandished harmonized guitars with the pop power of The Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing" but the airtight proficiency of Metallica. Yet their songs stood up even without the six-string flourishes. They've gone on to become not just a solid band but one of the most creative at bridging the gap between artist and audience. They'll do so Sunday after Jenny Owens Young, Deas Vail and The Ballroom perform.