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Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio

When: Thu., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. 2014
In the late 90s, locals Alkaline Trio introduced a ramshackle, booze- and tear-soaked take on Jawbreaker’s overly personal pop punk, speaking to a generation of drunk kids who felt confused, disillusioned, and lost. It didn’t take long for the band to outgrow the Fireside Bowl, and they soon moved on to national success. Over the years, their popularity has waxed and waned a few times, but they’ve always had a dedicated fan base here at home—today you’d be hard-pressed to find an aging Chicago punk without an AK3 tattoo. At this sold-out four-night Metro stint, the band will play all eight of their studio full-lengths in their entirety, two records per show. Each night’s albums won’t be announced until the day of the gig, which makes buying these tickets a huge gamble: If you wind up at the performance of the band’s brilliant, timeless 1998 debut LP, Goddamnit, it’s pretty much a given that the beer will flow like a river and the crowd’s voices will ring out over the band’s, just like in Alkaline’s golden era at the Fireside. But if the guys play one of their spiritless and clunker-filled later albums, such as 2003’s Good Mourning or 2005’s Crimson, some old-school fans might head for the door before the show’s even over. —Luca Cimarusti See also Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
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