It used to make us feel old when we’d see news items about albums we loved when we were younger hitting the 10-, 15- or 20-year anniversary marks. But lately, we look forward to them because it means that we’ll probably see a reunion or at least a new tour where those albums are played front to back. While those “like the album, but louder” tours have lost some of their shine – remember when setlists were surprises? – it helps when the album in question works as a cohesive whole. Motion City Soundtrack’s 2005 album, Commit This to Memory
, is one such work. Frontman Justin Pierre ties the album together with lyrical themes of mental illness, alcohol abuse and troubled relationships that pretty much encapsulate what pop punk as a genre is all about. Well, that stuff and hooky choruses, of course. Have fun singing along to every word, but get there early to check out new genre flag-wavers Sorority Noise, whose new album, Joy, Departed
, is getting some attention for its gritty self-awareness.
Motion City Soundtrack with the Spill Canvas, Sorority Noise | 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 17 | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | thebeacham.com