Bouncing Souls/Smoking Popes

A Bouncing Souls show is about far more than just hyping their latest release — in this case, it's Comet on Rise Records. The long-running band of melodic New Jersey punks (pictured) bring a communal worldview with their songs. Sure, topics range from 1980s movies to the Iraq War to BMX biking and a good ol' "East Coast Fuck You," but the tone and sentimentality of the songs is universal, contagious, and ultimately uplifting. Plus, the band is Doomtree-approved: Singer Greg Attonito lent his voice to a P.O.S. song a few years back. With openers worthy of their own headlining sets, including a reunited Smoking Popes, this four-band bill is set to upstage the recently through-town Warped Tour by adding intimacy and energy that outshines the condensed outdoor festival. With the Menzingers and Luther. All ages. (Photo by Chrissy Piper)
Sat., July 28, 5:30 p.m., 2012

 
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