Broadway Calls, Burn the Stage, Lee Corey Oswald, , Absent Minds, , All Falls Through

When: Mon., Feb. 11, 7:15 p.m. 2013


In the handful of years that have vanished since the release of the superb Good News, Bad Views, Portland-based punk act Broadway Calls have been relatively quiet. The culprits are the usual suspects—a switch in members and labels, plus the usual everyday dregs that harness the momentum of young bands—but the trio has emerged with a recording worthy of such a prolonged silence. Again teaming with production/drummer god Bill Stevenson, the wildly energetic Comfort/Distraction cements Broadway Calls' legacy as one of the last worthwhile survivors of the infertile pop-punk landscape. Stevenson's crisp production on Comfort/Distraction reminds us all of the time when Milo was still slogging away at college, while frontman Ty Vaughn's hook-heavy choruses follow a similar path to the band's closest not-quite-pop-punk peers, like those of the Gaslight Anthem, or the Menzingers (who open for Hot Water Music on Friday). There is little doubt Broadway Calls can make a Monday night release party in the doldrums of February inspirational. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

Price: $10

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