Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped | Metro | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Andrew Jackson Jihad, Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, Chumped 

When: Fri., March 27, 6 p.m. 2015
Price: $22, $20 in advance
For the last few years, New York upstarts Chumped have been developing their sound in Brooklyn’s sprawling basement scene, and somehow, like a ragtag group of auditory alchemists, they managed to expunge the Hot Topic bombast and rock-radio flippancy of pop-punk’s aughts heyday and reinforce what made the sound so endearing in the first place. In short, the kids did their homework. On their debut LP, Teenage Retirement (Anchorless), Chumped trace pop-punk back to the early 90s, when it occasionally bumped up against indie rock—they indulge in Superchunk’s hearty guitar riffs (“Coffee”), Weezer’s trademark chord progressions (“Anywhere but Here”), and the Get Up Kids’ bittersweet melodies (“Long Division”). Lead singer Anika Pyle holds it all together with her charmingly crass vocals and emotional, self-effacing lyrics. This probably makes the band seem derivative, but Chumped ride their wave of influences towards a balanced, uncommon style. —Drew Hunt
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