Last year music blog Stuff You Will Hate—which fills its pages with tongue-in-cheek coverage of bands largely popular among the Warped Tour set—decided to test its soothsaying skills and predict the forthcoming rise of “soft grunge,” its term for musicians blending the “Seattle sound” with 90s midwestern emo. At this blip, the forecast appears dead-on—and I hope more groups copping that style take notes from Pennsylvania four-piece Superheaven. Bands that worship at the Temple of the Dog love to act as though 1994 never arrived, but Superheaven play like the entire decade never even happened. Their new sophomore album, Ours Is Chrome (SideOneDummy), shrugs off the burden of living up to grunge greats, and even when the guitars give off a whiff of “Teen Spirit,” Superheaven make the sound their own. They mine emo’s volatile catharsis and sweet melodies to produce clean, precise examples of “soft grunge,” and tracks such as “Leach” and “Gushin’ Blood” move with a heavy somberness while managing to hit all the right euphoric pop notes. —Leor Galil $14, $12 in advance
Here’s to three African-American kids from Missouri—siblings Isaiah Radke, Solomon Radke, and Dee Radke—for doing their part to reintroduce punk to its bluesy side. Before any of them were old enough to vote, the brothers Radke had already released two EPs reminiscent of the MC5 and early Misfits, each of them bolstered by Dee’s swarthy, preternaturally mature vocals and knack for blending aggressive blues rock with intensely catchy melodies. Tracks such as “Start Freaking Out” and “Overwhelmed,” both from 2013’s Devil Fruit, are instant sing-along jams, while “Parade It,” the single from their forthcoming as-yet-untitled debut LP, suggests a more developed, nuanced vibe. But maturity hasn’t eluded these young upstarts. Sure, they’ve described their music as a soundtrack for “fucking shit up with a baseball bat,” but the 2013 track “N.I.G.G.A. (Not OK),” a tirade against the casual racism they experienced in their mostly white hometown, is a powerful statement. —Drew Hunt $15, $10 in advance
Moved from Fizz.