With Dashboard Confessional and the Get Up Kids. Tuesday, May 18, at Tower City Amphitheater.

A heartening consequence of the infiltration of the mainstream by punk and emo bands is the abundance of groups who use their non-underground status to raise social consciousness, instead of just reveling in babes and booze. Heading up this gang of do-gooders are the screamocore wizards in Thrice, who have been at the charitable forefront for most of their five-plus years. The Irvine, California fivesome are veterans of the Take Action tour -- which raises awareness for mental-health issues -- and both their 2000 debut, Identity Crisis, and its 2002 follow-up, The Illusion of Safety, came out on the nonprofit independent label Sub City, a subsidiary of Hopeless Records that heavily supports charities. Even the group's major-label debut, 2003's The Artist in the Ambulance, supports an endowment that helps provide free cancer screenings. Still, Thrice would not have been able to have such an impact without skills to match its good intentions -- and, as the uncompromising vocal jags, intelligent lyrics, and metallipunk riffs of Ambulance demonstrate, their talent is as big as their hearts.
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