Hinder, Papa Roach, Buckcherry

When critics carp that rock doesn't sell anymore, they mean rock they like doesn't sell anymore — if it ever really did — because Hinder sells just fine. Since the Oklahomans' Universal debut Extreme Behavior's September 2005 release, it's been SoundScanned more than 2.5 million times; last week it outsold much newer releases by Beyoncé, Spoon and Paul McCartney. And boy, do critics hate Hinder. Singer Austin Winkler "doesn't even have enough class to fake sounding cool," according to All Music Guide's Johnny Loftus. "Hinder appeal not to fans of music, but fans of high fives." That alone almost makes them worth rooting for — it's not like Hinder ancestors G'N'R, Mötley Crüe or Cinderella ever lost any sleep worrying about how many stars they got in Rolling Stone. They lost sleep on all-night coke orgies and Jack Daniel's benders that lasted the balance of a tour, and reports of Hinder's backstage behavior suggest they've learned such lessons very well indeed. Snarling nü-metal survivors Papa Roach and L.A. wastrels Buckcherry — who managed to outdo 1999's classic ode to getting fucked up with last year's "Crazy Bitch" — make this "Bad Boys of Rock Tour" finale an even bigger nightmare for critics and parents of teenagers, and a five-alarm party for everyone else.


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