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posted: 8/23/2012 6:00 AM

All-American Rejects, Neon Trees coming to Benedictine

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  • Video: Rejects' "Kids in the Street"

  • Video: Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks"


Since their first album came out nearly a decade ago, The All-American Rejects have churned out hits that helped them sell 10 million albums worldwide. Their biggest hit, "Gives You Hell," struck a chord with anyone who's had a bitter breakup, helping the song sell 4 million copies in the U.S.

Now they've completed a new album, "Kids in the Street," which band members say takes them to a new level beyond their hits like "It Ends Tonight" and "Swing, Swing."

This Saturday, students and fans at Benedictine University in Lisle can be the judge, when the Rejects perform a show with alternative synth rockers Neon Trees, who also will play songs from their latest album, "Picture Show." The concert is part of the school's annual BenFest and begins at 7 p.m. at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

But before they hit the suburbs, Rejects rhythm guitarist Mike Kennerty and Neon Trees bassist Branden Campbell share details about what fans can look forward to Saturday night as both bands aim to push their sound.

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