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Forgetters, All Eyes West, Pamphleteers 

When: Thu., March 28, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $12, $10 in advance
Punk singer-songwriter Blake Schwarzenbach has a past he just can’t shake, and it’s called Jawbreaker. He was the gravel-voiced front man of the fiercely beloved pop-punk trio, and after it broke up in 1996, many of its fans followed him through his other projects—and some would form Billboard-charting third-wave emo bands. Schwarzenbach’s next group, Jets to Brazil, didn’t exactly stop folks from pining for Jawbreaker—its music was often quieter or less direct—but in 2008 he started Thorns of Life, whose lean, mean, slightly damaged songs scratched that old itch just right. Thorns broke up without releasing anything (unless you count live recordings leaked online), and in 2009 Schwarzenbach launched Forgetters, a trio that’s already put out an EP and an LP (both self-titled) that take a very Jawbreaker-like sound in two different directions: the first is raw and political, the second hyper-accessible. The full-length, released last year via Forgetters’ Too Small to Fail label, has an arena-ready sound that belies the band’s DIY approach—I wouldn’t be surprised if the dramatic piano breakdown and hugely fuzzy, catchy guitar riffs on “In America” have the talent buyers at Lollapalooza pricking up their ears. —Leor Galil All Eyes West and Pamphleteers open.

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