When: Fri., April 6, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Even aughties bands are catching reunion fever: Rockford emo six-piece Joie de Vivre played their allegedly final shows in May of last year, then got back together in December, all of seven months later. Fans of Joie de Vivre are pretty used to the group yanking at their heartstrings, though—at least musically. The band's tidal, downcast tunes, which often paint a romanticized picture of growing up in the midwest, swell with sweeping melodies (it's not hard to hear them as a loving nod to 90s emo act Mineral) and then burst skyward. From the sound of a couple unmastered tracks on their forthcoming sophomore album, We're All Better Than This (Count Your Lucky Stars), Joie de Vivre still do that melancholic majesty as well as they ever have. —Leor Galil Into It. Over It., Droughts, and the Please & Thank Yous open.