Recommended by Rich Smith
The 20-year nostalgia cycle brings us New Found Glory and the Ataris, two bands that represent the vocal spectrum of mid-’00s mainstream pop-punk, from Jordan Pundik's hyper-nasal SoCal inflections to Kris Roe's regular-nasal SoCal inflections. Turns out NFG have been producing relentlessly upbeat, power-chord-heavy pop-punk songs full of clap-track breakdowns for two decades straight, and if nothing else, their new album, Makes Me Sick, is another prime example. I thought for one second to rag on the new joint, but then re-listened to “My Friends Over You,” one of their early hits, and found my high-school allegiance renewed. Fuck the haters. Go to the show, yell every word to every song (you can probably guess the lyrics to the new songs as they’re happening), get Warped Tour sweaty, and prove that being grown up is twice as fun as growing up.
Doors at 7:30pm