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Motion City Soundtrack, one of the biggest Minnesota rock 'n' roll exports ever, are breaking up. The group announced the split earlier this year, simply stating "for now we are done." The farewell tour will culminate at Chicago's Riot Fest in September, but not before a two-night toodle-oo in Dinkytown. Propelled by hit single "The Future Freaks Me Out," MCS's debut album, I Am the Movie
, was released in 2003 on big-time indie Epitaph Records. That was followed with the Mark Hoppus-produced Commit This to Memory
, featuring signature jam "Everything Is Alright." The group's fourth LP, My Dinosaur Life
, was released on major label Columbia Records in 2010. MCS returned to Epitaph for 2012's Go
and last September's Panic Stations
. Unlike many of their pop-punk peers, MCS demonstrated nuanced songwriting, often hitting on themes of mental illness. There were, of course, also those trademark blasts of Moog synth, the electro answer to Yellowcard's fuckin' fiddle. Motion City frontman Justin Pierre is already teasing solo material.