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Circa Survive/Touche Amore/Balance & Composure/O'Brother 

When: Wed., Oct. 24, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $20 ADV, $22 DOS.
Sometimes people need a second chance to get things right; that’s the case for Circa Survive founders Anthony Green and Colin Frangicetto. The two friends founded the indie/progressive-rock band in 2004 after Green had left his former band, Saosin, and Frangicetto’s former band, This Day Forward, broke up. Originating in Doylestown, Pa., Circa Survive has released four album and three EPs; their latest album, Violent Waves, came out in August. It has received critical acclaim from publications such as AbsolutePunk and Alternative Press. Violent Waves displays once again the progressive, both heavy-and-sublime sounds that Circa Survive has cultivated; melodic guitar riffs turn into driving chords, paired with deep bass lines. Green’s vocals are an acquired taste, however. Green’s singing voice is so high that it gives the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala a run for his money. Fans of Circa Survive love Green’s voice, but those unaccustomed to the vocals might burst out laughing when Green keeps singing, in his childlike voice, “Nothing is sacred” on the first track, “Birth of an Economic Hitman.” If Green’s voice is the reason you can’t get into this band, I’m sure Green is OK with that; he probably wouldn’t want you as a fan anyway. (Sam Mendez)


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