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Title Fight, Pianos Become the Teeth, Single Mothers, Lee Corey Oswald 

When: Mon., Nov. 5, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $12-14
Possibly following examples set by the Sidekicks and the Menzingers earlier this year, Title Fight are the latest East Coast punk institution to renounce their goofy and admittedly hoary pop-punk roots in favor of a more timeless aesthetic. And they've arguably done it better than either of those bands, to boot; the result, Floral Green, is a near-perfect LP that will almost certainly be included in my best of 2012 list. It's far more suggestive of early- to mid-'90s indie-cum-emo forebears like Seaweed and Archers of Loaf than anything that's ever been featured on a Warped Tour compilation, and that's a really, really good thing. The autumnal "Leaf" is the most genuine and emphatic exposition on the insignificance of human existence I've heard in a hot second (after all, what better way to get over a broken heart than to realize that nothing matters?). Title Fight are sentimental and emo-as-fuck without ever seeming mawkish, and that's exceptional. This record gives me goose bumps, in addition to high hopes for the future of rock music. MORGAN TROPER

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