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Get Up Kids, Miniature Tigers, Brian Bonz Early Warnings (Music) The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., March 12, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: Sold out
The great emo swarm of the late 90s, which coincided a little too perfectly with my first years at college, might as well have been engineered to exploit the weaknesses of an angsty 18-year-old kid who desperately wanted songs that spoke to his huge and obviously unprecedented heartbreaks—and the standard-bearer of that sad punk army was the Get Up Kids. It's been decade and change since their breakthrough record, Something to Write Home About, put both the band and Vagrant Records on the map, and almost six years since they broke up. But on the new There Are Rules (Quality Hill), the Get Up Kids' first full-length since reuniting in late 2008, front man Matt Pryor still has his familiar nasal croon—an instant and irresistible nostalgia trigger. As often happens when a group that pioneered a genre gets back together and starts recording again, lots of fans can't be bothered about the new material—they want their old favorites. The Get Up Kids have struggled with their role as the progenitors of late-90s emo, not juvst because it's hard to carry a flag without stepping on but also because all kinds of pop-punk tripe followed on their heels. They can't escape it, though: There Are Rules is a fine record, but it's impossible to listen to it without picturing a room full of kids with dopey smiles and bandannas in their back pockets, singing along to every single word of "Mass Pike." 18+ —Kevin Warwick



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