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Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy

When: Sat., Jan. 24, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: sold out
Fall Out Boy aren’t the same band they were ten years ago, when they stormed the charts and captured young hearts with their second album, From Under the Cork Tree. The suburban Chicago group strayed from the emo-inflected pop-punk of Cork Tree with their subsequent albums, and they ended the five-year hiatus that followed 2008’s Folie a Deux with a dramatic stylistic leap that made their radio-ready intentions even plainer than their collaborations with Jay Z and Lil Wayne had. (The hiatus also gave folks offended by Pete Wentz’s celebrity and/or hairdo the time to find other pop stars to complain about, which might’ve helped people focus on the music again.) Fall Out Boy’s sixth album, the new American Beauty/American Psycho (Island/DCD2), sounds a lot like the 2013 comeback record Save Rock and Roll. Its bedrock is Hot 100 pop, but the most common inflection is punk—at least it turns up more often than the effortlessly cool guitar licks of surf rock (“Uma Thurman”) or the computer-enhanced textures and robotic rhythms of EDM (“Fourth of July”). These songs are supersized for stadiums, and Fall Out Boy seem to have retooled their sound for even bigger stadiums this time out. —Leor Galil

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