Welcome to This or That, a weekly segment here on DC9 where we stream an unmarked song and ask, simply enough, "Is this [POP BAND X] or just another crappy local band?" Why? Because we don't think you'll be able to tell the difference between the real thing and the crappier, cheaper knockoff.
San Diego's Augustana might not exactly be a household name per se, but the band's song "Boston", which put Augustana on the map, just might be--the band apparently sold over 1,000,000 singles of the track (likely individual iTunes downloads, but still...). So, why does it sell? Well, because it boasts an instantly recognizable melody. And because even soccer moms who watch Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives need a curveball from their steady diets of The Fray and Ingrid Michaelson every now and then, too, dammit.
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