A sick night of pop-punk and emo glory. Emphasis on sick.
"You're going to have to sing really loud tonight," warned Motion City Soundtrack's Justin Pierre early on at the Best Buy Theater on Tuesday. And we mean "warned" because, just one night earlier, the singer's voice had given out entirely, forcing the Minneapolis pop-punk band to use a lot of ringers (like members of the opening bands) to complete their set. Fortunately, Pierre seemed back about 90% last night, allowing him and his band to power through a set of bouncing, synth-tinged punk, with equal emphasis on the band's early work ("My Favorite Accident," "The Future Freaks Me Out") and songs from the new-ish, major label debut "My Dinosaur Life." And the "Head Like a Hole" encore/cover? They sort of pulled it off!
Openers Say Anything, meanwhile, seemed all the more powerful for not even having a record label at the moment. From song one, it was a full-on singalong, be it earnest tales of monogamy (witness the crowd unironcially belting out the middle school pick-up line "did it hurt when you fell from heaven, girl?" during "Crush'd"), Holocaust-era love stories ("Alive with the Glory of Love") or odes to phone sex ("Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too"). Saves the Day and A Great Big Pile of Leaves opened. —Kirk Miller