Athlete, Carney

The nice-boy Brits in Athlete put out a couple of cool records in the early '00s that expertly combined Coldplay-style melodrama with Blur-like pop smarts; their latest, last year's Black Swan, is handsome but kind of humdrum. The dude who fronts L.A.-based openers Carney is playing the title role in U2 and Julie Taymor's upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

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