Mark Mulcahy, Healing Power | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., July 25, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $12
For a generation of 90s kids reared on Nickelodeon, New England singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy will always be remembered as the front man of Polaris, the Miracle Legion offshoot that did the theme song for beloved TV show The Adventures of Pete & Pete. While most TV theme songs are essentially jingles, subservient to their respective programs, Polaris’s “Hey Sandy” (and the rest of the songs the band made for the show, released on Mulcahy’s Mezzotint label in 1999 as Music From the Adventures of Pete & Pete) stands on its own—its jangly, hypercatchy pop-rock would’ve fit comfortably on the playlist of a 90s college radio station. Mulcahy went solo after Pete & Pete went off the air in 1996, and last month he released his first collection of songs in eight years, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You (Fire/Mezzotint). He hasn’t lost his talent for writing rock-solid hooks, and on the album’s best tracks— the breezy “He’s a Magnet,” the stripped-down, blissfully romantic “The Rabbit”—he taps into the same kind of charmingly naive exuberance that’s made Jonathan Richman so magnetic. —Leor Galil Healing Power opens.

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