O.A.R. stands for Of a Revolution, which might seem laughable considering the band's reggae-infected rock is about as mainstream as music comes. But O.A.R. is more revolutionary than you think. The Maryland-founded, Ohio State-honed ensemble created the blueprint for making it big as genuinely independent touring musicians.

O.A.R. stands for Of a Revolution, which might seem laughable considering the band's reggae-infected rock is about as mainstream as music comes. But O.A.R. is more revolutionary than you think. The Maryland-founded, Ohio State-honed ensemble created the blueprint for making it big as genuinely independent touring musicians.

These days they record for Atlantic, who'll release the group's seventh studio album this fall. In the meantime, they'll play with Citizen Cope on Wednesday.