WEDNESDAY PICK | Emo greats The Promise Ring amp up again, at the Varsity Theater


Are we ready for emo nostalgia? Sure, why not? The Promise Ring are regarded as one of the leading lights of the more pop-friendly side of that amorphous turn-of-the-21st-century genre; after a decade-long hiatus, the band are back in action and taking a victory lap that stops at the Varsity Theater on June 27. The early Gen-Y set can hark back to the halcyon days of impressionable youth, when the band’s 1995 debut 30° Everywhere was a favored soundtrack for flopping face-down on your bed and sobbing your eyes out.

The two openers provide flashbacks of their own: Mark Mallman to way back in 2011, when he actually lived in Minnesota (he’s moved to L.A.), and Grant Hart to the 80s, when he was drummer for Hüsker Dü. Hart’s solo work trades thrash for quieter emotion, and has surely been the soundtrack for at least several Gen-Xers crying their own eyes out.

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