Seminal Chicago emo ensemble Alkaline Trio has enjoyed a prosperous 17-year run that’s
seen the band release eight studio albums—not counting B-sides compilations,
splits and acoustic releases—and inspiring countless heart and skull tribute
tattoos along the way. Many of the emblazoned jumped ship a decade ago when the
band began to veer away from its distinct anthems of beer-soaked heartache
poured into the timeless Goddamnit and Maybe I’ll Catch Fire. Any such exodus wasn’t evident at The
Rave Saturday, though, as a sellout crowd was on hand to sing along as the
veteran band traversed its lengthy and ever-changing catalog in 75 minutes of
When you really think about it, most of your favorite bands can probably be traced back to the members’ middle- or high-school days. There, in some finished basement or cul-de-sac garage, the pimpled rockers of tomorrow struggled through basic chords, belted off-key lyrics about...
Though the liner notes of The Life and Times’ second
full-length tell the story of a band without money that self-recorded “the
larger-than-life record [they’d] been hearing in [their] heads” in a makeshift
studio that previ...