When: Sat., June 2, 9 p.m. 2012
As I push into my 30s and cynicism sinks in its hooks, it's refreshing to hear a pop-punk album that doesn't tempt me to roll my eyes but instead makes me nostalgic for the summers of my early 20s, when I spun power-chord anthems by Screeching Weasel and the Lillingtons with the sunroof open. Cincinnati three-piece the Dopamines don't traffic in Ramones-style hooks quite as straightforwardly as the aforementioned, but rather borrow from a mid-90s sound—think Billie Joe Armstrong's side project Pinhead Gunpowder, a band that Dopamines bassist Jon Weiner admits has "written songs that honest to God have kept me alive." The ten songs on the new Vices (It's Alive) are mature pop-punk that pay homage to the genre's forefathers, but trade the leather jackets for beer-drenched guitars and relatively gloomy lyrics. The upbeat "Don't Mosh the Organ" was obviously written so that you and a group of your happily drunk friends can throw it on five years from now and scream along to the anthemic outro: "It's not the road you're standing on / It's the miles you put on." —Kevin Warwick Sass Dragons, Be My Doppelganger, and Business Papers open.