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Get Up Kids, Kevin Devine, the Life and Times 

When: Wed., Oct. 21, 6:45 p.m. and Thu., Oct. 22, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $26, $23 in advance, 10/22 is 18+
There must be something in the air telling certain emo bands that it's time to reunite—specifically bands the 90s hardcore scene found aesthetically and politically divisive who then saw later groups go multiplatinum by copying their formulas. Otherwise it's just too weird that not even a month after Sunny Day Real Estate came through Chicago the Get Up Kids are touring in support of the tenth-anniversary reissue of Something to Write Home About (Vagrant). Like Sunny Day they can be seen as indirectly responsible for a lot of bad music—they were a big influence on Blink-182, who now loom strangely large over 90s alt-rock history—but despite their frustrating inconsistentency they made some serious jams. There's a reason you can still find their 1997 album Four Minute Mile squirreled away in so many record collections otherwise dedicated to tough-guy hardcore. —Miles Raymer

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