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When: Wed., March 2, 7 p.m. 2011

When Rival Schools dropped their 2001 debut, United by Fate (Island), it felt like comfort food for fans of a certain kind of melodic, emotive hardcore—the kind that front man Walter Schreifels helped popularize in the mid-90s with his prior group, Quicksand, and that in the early aughts was losing ground in the punk scene to fashionable powerviolence bands like the Locust and the encroaching electroclash fad. Ten years and several major shifts in the countercultural zeitgeist later, they're releasing a follow-up, Pedals (Atlantic/Photo Finish), and it feels even more like a reassuring throwback. Rival Schools' four members, all hardcore veterans before forming the band, have strayed from its sound in the aughts playing with other projects—one even did time in both Limp Bizkit and the exceedingly fey and underrated emo-pop act Nightmare of You. But aside from maybe a touch of hip-hop or an homage to floppy-haired new-wave acts, you'd be hard pressed to find much evidence on Pedals that they've spent the past decade listening to anything but old hardcore records. Which is pretty much what their fan base wants. —Miles Raymer

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