//Radiotakeover Tour, with the Beautiful Mistake, Anatomy of a Ghost, Emery and the A.K.A.'s
It's tempting to think that the //Radiotakeover Tour (subtitled "Dance or Die!") might feature the hottest Gang of Four clones bringing the funk to the post-punk crunk. Yet Radiotakeover.com is one of the Internet's leading resources for and champions of independent, uncensored new music -- specifically of the punk, hardcore and indie variety -- so the outing understandably emphasizes substance over hipster style and the latest smooth moves.
The earnest, helium-pitched wails of Anatomy of a Ghost lead vocalist John Hurley resemble AFI's Davey Havok and Coheed & Cambria's Claudio Sanchez, while his Portland quintet's painstakingly sculpted songs mimic the latter's grandiose emo-wank machinations. SoCal quartet the Beautiful Mistake ambitiously emulates the sprawling experiments of Cave-In on their new big-thinking Militia Group disc, This Is Who You Are; Seattle sextet Emery chooses to smarten up its own subdued atmospheres with interludes of blood-curdling screamo metalcore. In fact, just about the only band on the bill with any limb-flailing potential is the A.K.A.s, NYC greaseballs and onetime Bronx tourmates who update bratty old-school punk with a political agenda and a highly combustible Farfisa organ.
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