Patrick Stump’s ferocious, proto-Glambert shriek, Pete Wentz’s lacerating text-message bon mots, exhausting song titles: The mid-00s emo-punk answer to hair-metal pomp is back in business. Glossy and lupine, Fall Out Boy have long felt like a clash of contradictory forces. Vital, hungry, polished to a high shine, and best of all, straight-up pop, these dudes can roll with everybody from Usher to Say Anything to Courtney Love to Elton John, and they had the balls to kick off an album with a banger called “Thriller.” Rock needs more, and similar, mutants.
Wed., May 29, 8 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 15, 2013