Trends in popular music are cyclical. Sounds or even bands that are popular one day will disappear seemingly overnight, be unheard of for a couple of years, and then re-emerge as a variation on the original. Take boy bands for example. When I was in junior high, the New Kids on the Block were big with the young ladies. Eight years later, the Backstreet Boys emerged. Now, eight years further still, teenage girls are swarming and fainting over a group called B5. I’d never heard of these guys until today, and I wish I hadn’t. If the mall riot in Minnesota marks the beginning of a new boy band era, I’m going into my bunker for a while. I’ll see you again when the next generation of singer-songwriters comes around.