AFI, Touche Amore and Coming

AFI, Touché Amoré, Coming

When: Thu., Oct. 31, 7 p.m. 2013

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A sold-out AFI show at the Roseland in 2013 seems like an anachronism. Sure, the group in their heyday contributed a modicum of new ideas—namely, a Freddie Mercury-esque bluster that was later better adapted by My Chemical Romance—to what was, by the early '00s essentially an already stagnating genre (i.e., Warped Tour bullshit). And sure, those singles on the group's breakthrough record Sing the Sorrow ("Girls Not Grey"; "The Leaving Song Pt. II") are undeniably catchy, minor-league pop. But the band seems aesthetically, if not entirely, confined to their time. So who the fuck is paying for this shit? Could their new record, Burials—which I admittedly have not and, although this probably makes me an irresponsible critic, will not listen to—be great? Or have we finally reached the point in time where middle-of-the-road, early '00s alternative rock is no longer a shameful regret in our collective musical memory? My fingers are tightly crossed for the former, though I'm not prepared to find out. MORGAN TROPER

Price: $25-35

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