Hot Water Music 

With Alexisonfire, Planes Mistaken for Stars, and Moments of Grace. Wednesday, November 10, at the Grog Shop.

Hot Water Music
  • Hot Water Music
"Mature" and "polished": two words that strike fear into the hearts of hardcore fans when used to describe their favorite group's newest efforts. Granted, it's silly to expect long-running punk bands who aren't named the Ramones to operate ad infinitum with the same songwriting template and a recording budget less than the cost of a McChicken sandwich. But it's also a major bummer when raw vitality is eroded by the pursuit of mainstream success. Fortunately, Gainesville's Hot Water Music (celebrating 10 years) has discovered a way -- both on the latest album, The New What Next, and in concert -- to bring clarity, melody, and depth to slashing, emo-skirting riffs without sounding like sellouts.

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