As its title seems to suggest, last year’s Break the Spell didn’t quite rise to the pop-metal standard set by Daughtry’s first two albums. (Dude’s best when giving into his wimpy-glammy side à la “Home,” truly a power ballad for the ages.) Never thought I’d say this, but butt-rock believers might be better off saving their money and making the drive down to Camden later this month for Shinedown, whose new Amaryllis has some surprising flair.

Tue., May 1, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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