When: Wed., Dec. 2, 7 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. 2015
For better or worse, the Get Up Kids’ landmark second LP, 1999’s melodramatic Something to Write Home About, helped spearhead the early-aughts emo revival that paved the way for the genre’s good, bad, and ugly to become whiny rock stars. After riding the wave of that record’s popularity, Kansas City’s the Get Up Kids recorded their obligatory introspective, folk-tinted LP (2002’s On a Wire) and followed that with an attempt at a return to form (2004’s Guilt Show) before calling it a day in 2005. Nostalgia eventually came calling, and a few years later they reunited and toured to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Something to Write Home About—and they’ve kind of just stuck around since, even writing and recording an album of new material in the process. On 2011’s There Are Rules the band tries out a bunch of indie-rock subgenres that they’d never really messed with in the past. They experiment with synths and electronics and straight-up punk, but though it’s kind of interesting, in this day and age that’s not what people want from the Get Up Kids. They’re more suited to the nostalgia circuit—because they’ll always be better soundtracking memories of your first break-up or your first time getting drunk. This tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of the beloved adolescent staple’s formation, and I bet that made you feel really old all of a sudden.
Price: sold out