Taking Back Sunday

Friday, May 29

Amityville, New York’s emo rock band has gone through more lineup changes than Destiny’s Child over the years. And the consistency of its music has suffered because of it. It’s been quite some time since TBS created an album as memorable as their vitriol debut Tell All Your Friends, on which frontman Adam Lazzara—who sort of looks like an unkempt Ashton Kutcher— screamed the best two lines in fucked up relationship song history: “The truth is you could slit my throat/ And with my one last gasping breath, I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt.” Luckily, fans will find that 2009’s New Again lashes out with equally potent verbal venom. The lucky victims are Lazarra’s ex-fiance and the band’s ex-guitarist Fred Mascherino, who recently left to pursue a solo career. The raw emotion-wracked material proves that TBS hasn’t completely converted to a pop-infused hardcore band for pussies—at least not yet. With Anberlin, Envy on the Coast. All ages.

Fri., May 29, 7 p.m., 2009

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