Last year's Versions snatched Poison the Well out from under the metalcore cloud that's shadowed them since 1998, plopping the Miami-based quintet smack in the center of progressive hardcore's outer fringes. Sure, the album's banjos, mandolins, horns, and piano shocked both old fans and those who'd embraced the band circa 2003's You Before You: their third album and first (and last!) for Atlantic. But like the slew of aspiring imitators currently daubing their riffs with sheep dip, the naysayers have since adjusted—probably just in time for PTW to unleash another salvo of surprises. With the Chariot, Dance Gavin Dance, and A Girl a Gun a Ghost. All ages.
Mon., Feb. 4, 5 p.m., 2008