by John Tarpley
Marky Mark begat Justin Timberlake, who then begat Robin Thicke, who then begat Mike Posner. A Bonnaroo and Warped Tour Veteran, Mike Posner is the latest contestant in the white-boy pop-rap/synth-soul fame game, crafting college party anthems made for the frat house and straight out of the frat house. In fact, the bulk of his debut album, "31 Minutes to Takeoff," was culled from home recordings he made while attending Duke. Sure, the guy is going to take his share of licks, but he's just now 23 and has already collaborated with rap giants like Lil Wayne and Bun B, as well as buzzy emcees Wale and Big Sean.
It's not a summer festival until the requisite Dad rockers whisk the crowds back to the golden days of medium-wave radio, tight jeans and feathered hair. Throughout the '70s and '80s, REO Speedwagon's M.O.R. take on arena rock shot the Illinois working-band-done-good to the near-apex of tour circuit fame, not to mention the charts. The 1980 album that contains "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It on the Run," "Hi-Infidelity," has sold 10 million copies. Sure, the cheese has aged in the last 30 years, but when a band can craft a hook that's still sticky, sweet and unshakable generations later, it's hard to argue with its successes.