Monday, March 8, 2010

Alkaline Trio: the carpet doesn't match the drapes

Tuesday, March 9: Alkaline Trio @ The Webster, Hartford

Alkaline Trio have defined themselves visually with lovely goth imagery (see above) and costume, earned a reputation for "dark" lyrics, and look just great with their tattoos and eyeliner and shit, but when it comes down to it, their music, which some guy from Rolling Stone audaciously described as "exquisite doom-pop," actually sounds just as polished and shiny and ear-friendly as what you've come to expect from bands on Epitaph Records, and fits in quite comfortably with what the kids have been into as far as emo-influenced rock in recent years. (Think AFI? Yeah, like we know what the kids are into...) So we don't entirely get it. But hey, we can dig a little goth imagery and ear-friendly melodiousness. They play the Webster Tuesday (tomorrow!) with Cursive, who we've totally heard of, and some band called The Dear & Departed.

In other news: Gross, it's Monday. Again.

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