Back in the early 2000s, the dark, cultish, catchy songs of Alkaline Trio held a special place among our mixed CDs—and though they may have faded a little bit from our current playlists of new music, they remain forever embedded in our hearts as a seminal angst-ridden, pop-punk band. But the band is as hard-working as ever, putting out an album every few years—in February, they released My Shame Is True, a 40-minute high-energy collection of tracks recorded with the help of musician/producer Bill Stevenson (Black Flag, Descendents). It's got more grit than the last few Trio records, but fans can still sink into that trademark sound of heartbreak and exuberance. Catch them this week as they stop by the House of Blues.
Wed., June 12, 8 p.m., 2013