Dear 16-Year-Old Me:
It’s been a while since I last wrote you. I’d apologize, but I’m sure you’re too engulfed in teenage angst and solipsism to notice. Plus, I haven’t really had something to write home about (wink) until now. It appears as though your dream bill has materialized — seemingly out of nowhere — for a show here in Nashville on Feb. 18, 2011. No, it’s not The Get Up Kids, although they did actually just reunite. What’s that? Yes, yes. They broke up for a while, but they announced their reunion tour dates, and they’re not coming here. But they are playing Emo’s in Austin. Heh. What’s that? All right kid, quit asking about The Get Up Kids. They’ve vehemently apologized for their role in shaping “emo,” so we should probably just move on before you start trying to prove that Fugazi and The Promise Ring are somehow members of the same family tree.
Jimmy Eat World and David Bazan are playing here! I knew you’d like that. See, Bazan isn’t using the moniker Pedro the Lion anymore, but it’s probably better that way. Besides, he still sings about all that spiritual anguish jazz I know you get off on. He’s actually been playing here kind of a ton lately. Which reminds me, sorry for not telling you about when Bazan appeared with mewithoutYou. Come again? No, no … they’re not playing at Rocketown. No, not at Blue Sky Court, either. J.E.W. & Bazan are playing Cannery Ballroom on Feb. 18, and tickets are $25 in advance. They go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. And you know what? You’re not completely wrong about one thing: J.E.W.’s Clarity does kinda hold up over time. But don’t ask me what their new one sounds like. I haven’t listened to it. It’s probably better than Interpol, though. Just a guess.
Seriously. Buck up.