Friday, October 23, 2009

What to Do Tonight: The Get Up Kids

Posted By on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 8:20 AM

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Forming in Missouri 14 years ago, the Get Up Kids were at the forefront of the nascent emo scene, making them a huge influence on a generation of whiny rockers. Guitarist Jim Suptic has publicly apologized for spawning so many lame imitators, but his guilt was hardly warranted: If the landscape painting sucks, don’t blame the scenery. The Kids were a vital component of the blossoming Midwest emo movement; their early records remain raw blasts of punk-pop. Their breakthrough sophomore album, Something to Write Home About, is a mature pop-punk classic that raised the band’s profile. Internal friction eventually fractured the Kids in 2005, but they couldn’t stay apart. The band reunited recently to celebrate Write Home’s 10th anniversary, which comes complete with a deluxe reissue that features a DVD of last year’s hometown reunion show. You can see them in person when they play House of Blues (308 Euclid Avenue, 216.523.2583, houseofblues.com). Kevin Devine and the Life and Times open at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20. — Brian Baker

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