by Robert Bell
7 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $10 adv., $12 door.
Hailing out of Philadelphia, The Menzingers draw from the same well as a lot of the great Midwestern pop-punk outfits of the last 15 years or so, such as Alkaline Trio, Dillinger Four and The Lawrence Arms.
With its soaring choruses, screaming vocals and catchy melodies, the band's sound has a touch of what I suppose gets referred to as "emo," though that term has gone through so many permutations that it's by now nearly meaningless. Basically, The Menzingers' brand of pop-punk concerns more serious subjects than does, say, Blink 182's.
After this show, The Menzingers will join Rise Against and A Day to Remember as an opening act, so this is a good chance to see the band headline a show. The opening acts are The Weisenheimers and Half Raptor.