BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE, THE SEA AND CAKE
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) The many-tentacled Broken Social Scene is not only still alive, kicking, and making relevant music, the Canadian powerhouse also still puts on one of the most energetic and downright inspiring live shows around. Check it and rep it. NOAH DUNHAM
ENVY, LA DISPUTE, TOUCHÉ AMORÉ, AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Screamo is a touchy subject. The term itself was coined in the 1990s to refer to emotionally gripping hardcore bands (Heroin, Swing Kids, Saetia) that steered away from traditionally metal- or youth-crew-leaning song structures, but was later (around 1999) co-opted by MTV2 buzz bands Taking Back Sunday and the Used (and many more) to label their catchy pop songs with melodramatic screamed choruses. This tour bridges the screamo divide. These days, longtime Japanese screamo quintet Envy lean more toward beautifully crafted post-rock, but tourmates TouchÉ AmorÉ and La Dispute write driving, emotive hardcore jams reminiscent of both Rites of Spring and Thursday. Sometimes you need to step down and meet in the middle. KEVIN DIERS
THE ACORN, LEIF VOLLEBEKK
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Acorn have made remarkable music before, but the Canadian band's latest, No Ghost, might be their best yet. Marrying forlorn folk melodies with the twang of Americana (or should that be Canadiana?) and fiery, rusted Crazy Horse guitars, the Acorn has found an assured place for their brave songwriting. In this incarnation, the band that the Acorn most reminds me of is Calexico—possessing a shade of that band's fearless experimentalism, but more importantly sharing their ease with wresting potent songs out of obscure instrumental parts and gnarled sonics. No Ghost is a tangle of thoughtful delights, the kind of record that could push the Acorn into the ears of a much wider audience—the place, no doubt, where they deserve to be. NED LANNAMANN
Suicidal Tendencies and Film School, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, POISON IDEA, THE CORPSE
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Mike Muir doesn't "do interviews." I tried, I really did. I woulda killed to ask him if he was really a street thug back in the day—what the gangs the Venice 13 and/or the Suicidal Cycos were really like. I'd ask him if he listened to any new-school skate-punk bands... his thoughts on current censorship laws, PepsiCo, Christine O'Donnell, Tea Partiers... I'd ask if he still wanted to kick Dave Mustaine's ass. I'd tell him that seeing ST open for Megadeth and Slayer (Clash of the Titans Tour, Detroit, 1991) pretty much changed my life, sending me into a decade-long obsession with trash metal... and how that was the first time I left a show with someone else's blood on me, after a fight during his set. I woulda eventually asked about the new album, No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family, with re-recorded ST classic "Possessed to Skate" on it. If only Mike did interviews. KELLY O
FILM SCHOOL, THE DEPRECIATION GUILD, OH DARLING
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Settle in for a night of unchallenging, state-of-the-art, radio-friendly rock circa 2010. Los Angeles' Film School makes post-Interpol lifestyle rock with dance and shoegaze overtones. They have a song called "Heart Full of Pentagons," a phrase that I can't make any sense of, unless it is a commentary on a lover's heart being like the headquarters of the US Department of Defense? That seems like a stretch. Meanwhile, the Depreciation Guild makes post-punk overlaid with Nintendo blips and bloops, often devoid of melody and any kind of identifiable emotion. It's '80s fetishizing at its least essential, where equipment matters more than melody, and style is misinterpreted as substance. NED LANNAMANN
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