Mutemath has sounded like a modern-rock superpower for the better part of five years, but thanks to a misguided effort by Warner Bros. to promote the band as a contemporary Christian act, the New Orleans group got a delayed start reaping its spoils. Residing on the respectable mainstream fringe that includes groups such as Muse and Shiny Toy Guns, Mutemath plays a keyboard-heavy brand of anthemic stadium rock (exmplified on this year’s Armistice) that’s perfectly suited to its singer, who just happens to sound like Sting. Throw in some good looks and a drummer who’s as nimble as Stewart Copeland, and you’ve got the recipe for something that can inspire nondenominational good times.

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