Although the process whereby punk rock mutated into pop-punk and then, in some very bizarre cases transmogrified into emo—that bastion of rock-critic fodder for how a specific genre is destroying the nation (obviously they’ve never listened to the work of Ben Gibbard, eh?)—may forever remain a mystery to those who dig the sound if not the style. That said, The Ataris still fucking rock. They came outta the midwest in the late ’90s, took an ancient pioneer trail to sunny Califas and bam, Look Forward to Failure and Blue Skies, Broken Heart ... Next 12 Exits, were born. Though the band has seen more personnel shifts in 20 odd years than most rock bands half their age, Kristopher Roe, the brains behind the whole schmear, continues to rock out like tomorrow may never come. Their 2016 bandcamp effort, October in This Railroad Earth is fine and fresh. The band will be at the esteemed and storied Launchpad (618 Central Ave. SW) on Sunday, Aug. 12. In case you wanna know, Roe and company will be playing their classic album, So Long, Astoria in its entirety that night. Local emo adherents Right On, Kid! of Duke City Studios fame and the ever-popular, ever-evolving Red Light Cameras open this super tasty bag of treats and tears. 7:30pm • $15 to $18 • 13+.