Show Review + Photos + Setlist: The Temper Trap and WarPaint Leave the Pageant Crowd Satisfied, Wednesday, June 9

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But at its heart, the Temper Trap is a rock band fronted by a pop icon plucked straight from 1988. Wearing a sharp suit coat, dress shirt and crisp jeans, Dougy Mandagi looked the part of a slick MTV video pin-up. Thanks to a fantastic, versatile voice with a huge range, he also crooned the part. It's rare to find a vocalist that can handle soulful lounge nuances and tough rock songs, but Mandagi fits the bill. His upper-register sailing resembled Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals, while at other times, he commanded the stage with a lower growl that was full of authority.

The Temper Trap at the Pageant. More photos here - TODD OWYOUNG
Todd Owyoung
The Temper Trap at the Pageant. More photos here

The Temper Trap's best-known song is "Sweet Disposition," from the (500) Days of Summer soundtrack. Naturally, the Shakespeare-sized romance of the song drew the most enthusiastic response of the night - even if it was the mere appetizer for the set-ending "Resurrection" and "Drum Song," both of which were excuses for Mandagi to pound on a drum and cymbal onstage. Although the gesture's been beaten to death (pun intended) in recent years, the force dedicated to this gesture ensured it was no mere facsimile.

One can say the same thing about the Temper Trap: The band's not reinventing the wheel or doing anything super-original, but its charisma and talent ensure that it has substance to back up the hype.

Personal Bias: Seriously, who's going to make me a mash-up of Christopher Cross and the Temper Trap? I'll post it.

Temper Trap Setlist: "Rest" "Fader" "Fools" "Down River" "Love Lost" "Soldier On" "Sweet Disposition" "Resurrection" "Drum Song"

Encore: New song "Science of Fear"

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