Face to Face, Strung Out, Darlings, Black Lungs, Artist Life | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Face to Face, Strung Out, Darlings, Black Lungs, Artist Life 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., May 5, 8 p.m. 2011

Last summer, one night of drunken YouTubing and googling for RapidShare links led to several months of re­acquainting myself with the pop-punk records I used to love but haven't touched since I reached the age when people tend to abandon pop punk for less ridiculous things. Turns out a lot of them still hold up—and that includes Big Choice, a 1994 LP by Face to Face, who formed in 1991 in Victorville, California and plan to release their first album in nine years, Laugh Now, Laugh Later (Antagonist), later this month. The highest point on Big Choice is the band's epic sing-along alt-rock radio hit, "Disconnected," but the whole album is filled with huge hooks, slick, studio-enhanced hardcore pop, and uber-­positive bro-losophical lyrics about shit like keeping it real and believing in yourself. —Miles Raymer

Price: Sold out

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