The Promise Ring

Now that seemingly every early '90s alt-rock band with a modicum of talent has successfully mounted a cash-in reunion tour, the ever-accelerating pace of pop-culture nostalgia dictates it's time for late-'90s scene kings to make a run at reunited glory. Hence the return of the Promise Ring, not quite a decade removed from their late-2002 dissolution. Notorious for their shape-shifting ways over the course of their seven years together, the Milwaukee quartet helped launch the then-nascent emo rock movement on the strength of early albums like 1997's Nothing Feels Good before eschewing blistering angular-indie angst in favor first of feel-good Weezer-copping power-pop (1999's commercial high-water mark Very Emergency) and later moody folk-rock (2002's unjustly maligned swan song Wood/Water). Reunion gigs thus far have seen set lists spread the love equally between all the phases of TPR's boldly chameleonic career. With Mark Mallman and Grant Hart. 18+
Wed., June 27, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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