The Fray hit the big time with their 2005 major-label debut, How to Save a Life, with multimillion sales, several Grammy nominations, and a pair of hit singles: "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and the title track, the latter of which got big TV exposure on Grey's Anatomy. Their winning formula was a comfortable variety of modern rock grounded in solid melodicism and pop conceits, the occasional sing-along anthem, and lots of reasonably sensitive, introspective lyrics from the pens of chief songwriters Isaac Slade and Joe King. More than three years later, with a live album issued in the interim, the Fray hit the road to promote their eponymous sophomore studio disc (due in February), which promises new material cut from the same cloth. Opening will be the Kansas City quartet Vedera, led by singer/guitarist/pianist Kristen May. All ages.
Thu., Jan. 8, 6 p.m., 2009