Alibi Picks

The Wonder Years' Poetic Pop-Punk

The Wonder Years turns up at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) on Sunday, Oct. 12, to start your week off right ... and keep you singing their lyrics throughout. Melding highs and lows brilliantly on fourth album The Greatest Generation, the pop-punk sextet has arrived at a subtle balance—not all frenetic moshing, not all angsty heartbreak—that keeps aural energy flowing. As spirited as The Ataris—with less whine than Dashboard Confessional—their sound is emo enough to resonate with the lovelorn while transcending heartbreak themes. Theirs is the perfect soundtrack for losing yourself in memories of broken friendships and ripped heartstrings and getting-over-it-all-at-once in a frenetic crush of bodies.

Keep your ears perked to poetic lyrics at turns disarming, tragic and beautiful. Thoughtfully paced “Dismantling Summer” intones, “And I watched the storms light up the clouds/ They hung like paper lanterns/ To guide the way back toward your house,” while dark words of “An American Religion (FSF)” tumble through your mind's eye: “I'm spitting ink onto the pages/ Like blood through broken teeth.” The all-ages catharsis begins at 7pm with openers The Story So Far, Modern Baseball and Gnarwolves. Tickets can be had for a friendly $18.50. Sunshine Theater • Sun Oct 12 • 7pm • $18.50 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar