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Our music columnist discusses Alkaline Trio, TTNG and the Orlando debuts of Clamfight and And So I Watch You From Afar

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Alkaline Trio at House of Blues; Photo by James Dechert

Another co-headlining bill last week (Nov. 4, House of Blues) featured Florida’s own New Found Glory, about whom I couldn’t possibly muster less care. Chicago’s Alkaline Trio, however, is a very different matter, and that pairing has got to be a crime somewhere. But my interest in them is recent. Because pop punk is a genre flooded with an unending number of interchangeably forgettable acts, this is a band I’ve mostly ignored by association. But their new record (My Shame is True) is as sturdy as a battleship and, frankly, arrested me with its sheer quality. So I’m not going to introduce any new revelation into such an already noted band, but I will point to the triumph of a great record. In the face of something that eternal, all else – fashion, politics, antics, whatever the hell – evaporates as it should. And somewhere along the way, Alkaline Trio has managed to distinguish themselves so far above the bland and crowded fray as to become not just a standout in pop punk but a good classic American rock band.

Check out photos from Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory and H2O at House of Blues

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