Copeland frontman Aaron Marsh hates it when people call his band “Christian”—in an interview with Emotional Punk, Marsh deflected questions about his band’s appearance at Cornerstone, a Christian music festival, by saying that the venue gave Copeland a “way to share our art.” So far, the CCM diversion hasn’t stopped the band from touring with secular rockers like Sugarcult and Jack’s Mannequin. Good thing, too, as the Florida quintet plays some mighty fine powerpop. Youth groupers have done such a good job of shielding Copeland from industry expectations that its music has only gotten smarter over time, and Marsh’s pretty falsetto on tracks like “Love Is a Fast Song” will make the godless swoon, even as they realize he’s discouraging a young woman from getting an abortion: “You don’t have to be ashamed of the miracle inside of you/What has love become?” Concertgoers who can’t bear the idea of paying preachers should think of the concert as an anthropological outing—but they shouldn’t be surprised if they leave with teary eyes.
COPELAND PERFORMS WITH THIS PROVIDENCE, PAPER ROUTE, and BROOKE WAGGONER AT 5:30 P.M. AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HOTEL, 1353 H ST. NE. $13–$15. (202) 388-7625.