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Saturday To-Do: Alkaline Trio

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ALKALINE TRIO
8 p.m., the Village. $17 adv., $20 d.o.s.

Alkaline Trio fans are getting anxious. After they released five records in seven years, there's been radio silence from the group for going on three years. Blame the troubled record industry (not hard these days). The pop-punkers jumped from Vagrant to V2 several years back, just before V2 was sold and “restructured.” Now on Epic, with a record that the band was forced to spend two-and-a-half years on, AT is set to release “Agony and Irony” on July 1. Based on songs released on the web thus far, it's a step forward. Aggressive, tuneful, full of epic slow-build choruses, the new material is as angsty and confessional — but never weepy — as the best of Alkaline Trio. In the opening slot, Long Island's Bayside plays a similar brand of moody emo-punk that's built them a fan base that might not match Alkaline Trio's, but soon could.

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