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Chicago emo rabble-rousers Regular Oatmeal get it together for this year’s Great Shout

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Regular Oatmeal front man Nick Cartwright sings like he’s being dragged from his bed after sleeping in way later than he (and, well, society) deems acceptable, his drawn-out words heavy from the weight of his own malfeasance. His style ain’t for everyone, and neither is the rough-hewn brand of emo his Chicago band plays. But for the faithful emo heads who prefer to pretend the 2000s never happened and like to argue about the state of fourth-wave emo, Regular Oatmeal’s recent Great Shout EP (self-released) offers a charming escape. Its blunt rhythms, lumbering guitars, and callused vocals veer between clashing and harmonious, and the band finds sparks as they figure out how to piece everything together.   v

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