Mineral, Into It. Over It. | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Mineral, Into It. Over It. 

When: Sat., Sept. 13, 10:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $20, $18 in advance
Few emo bands inspire the reverence that Mineral does. On 1997’s The Power of Failing and 1998’s EndSerenading, this Texas second-wave outfit borrowed from loud-quiet-loud alt-rock, drawing out its geysers of turbocharged, cathartic melody till it seemed like they could erupt forever. Mineral’s two albums are hugely important to emo’s foundation, but The Power of Failing hasn’t aged as well as my memories of the band—I don’t remember it sounding so messy the first time around. Some of the songs still feel like getting slapped by a wave and sucked down by the undertow, though, and Chris Simpson’s impressionistic, open-hearted lyrics still make the world’s little details feel vast. He’s especially good at evoking wistful childhood memories, like when he sings about riding bikes through suburban Texas in “80-37” (verses that now kind of remind me of the early scenes in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood). Mineral reunited late last month for their first shows in 15 years, and these Riot Fest performances will likely be their only appearances in Chicago for a very long time. This concert is a Riot Fest afterparty. —Leor Galil
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