In the mid ’80s, five ever-so-dreamy pubescent boys took the music industry by storm with their nonthreatening white-boy R&B-pop melodies, syncronized dance moves and high-top hair. The modern boy-band prototype was then perfected in the mid-’90s when five slightly older guys Euro-danced their way up the Billboard charts. Now, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys have joined forces to form NKOTBSB, the ultimate pop juggernaut. They’ve just released an album featuring their individual best hits and two new collaborations, including “Don’t Turn Out The Lights Now,” a surprisingly catchy dance-pop single befitting of 2011. They may well have outgrown their names more than a decade ago, but they’ve reinvented the supergroup while regurgitating the bubblegum sweetness many a lady worshipped as a youth. Good for them.
Sun., June 5, 8pm. $32-$92. Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800.298.4200. wellsfargocenterphilly.com
PW's Music Issue 2014