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The Presidents of the United States of America are like cotton candy

So sweet and sticky

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Chris Bellew with Presidents of the United States of America stands on a chair to perform in extra-high microphone at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay on Saturday, August 23, 2014.
Photo: L.E. Baskow
Chris Bitonti

I love cotton candy, its sweet taste and cone presentation, but mostly the satisfying way it instantly dissolves in your mouth and leaves behind a layer of sugar-film for hours after. I know it’s totally empty calories, but I’m okay with that every once in a while.

Presidents of the United States of America at HOB

The Presidents of the United States of America are like musical cotton candy. Their music is spun with sugary-sweet harmonies, sticky melodies that repeat in your mind for days. And the content is rarely, if ever, consequential. Those of us at the House of Blues Saturday night—and there were surprisingly lots of us—gave in to our dessert-like cravings and jammed out to the ’90s power trio’s hits, like “Lump,” “Kitty” and, of course, the band’s ode to nature’s candy, “Peaches.”

It made for a fun, nostalgia-driven binge, followed by the sugar crash that follows an overindulgence in life’s sweeter things.

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