It's band-to-band combat in this fast-moving story about gorgeous teens making pop music. Rin is the new kid in a scrappy small-time band, the Beatman. A strong, harsh singer, he's suspected to possess the legendary "Dragon Voice," supposedly filled with demonic charm and brilliance. But Rin has trouble harmonizing-both vocally and with rival bands and authority figures with is in-your-face approach. However, in a showdown with their biggest rival, Privee, the Beatmen hang together and almost win with a breakout open-air concert until a storm stops the show. Unfortunately, the group must now lay low and pay off their talent agency's debts by working low-rank show-biz jobs. Eventually, they hit a new stride as costumed superheroes taping a musical kid's show, where a feisty girl joins the team. Lively plotted and beautifully drawn, the series touches on growing-up issues like individual vs. group interests and learning from older experts while asserting your own individuality. Younger teens will enjoy this, as well as youth-minded adults. Other manga about pop music include Mink and Full Moon O Sagashite for younger teens, and Gravitation, a yaoi title for older teens and up, and the mature-content Sensual Phrase.-M.C. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.