Fri April 13, 2018, 8 pm All Ages
Recommended by Cameron Crowell
Peter Parker listened to Dashboard Confessional—this is canon. The Floridian emo band wrote what would become one of their biggest hits, “Vindicated,” for the 2004 film Spider-Man 2, but their spirit lives on throughout the trilogy. Like when Parker awkwardly pines after his next-door neighbor, then learns to tango just so he can embarrass his teenage obsession by dancing on tables at the jazz bar where she works. This infamous scene with the geeky teen-turned-superhero douchebag is forever memorialized as “Emo Peter Parker.” This was merely the cringe-worthy completion of his teenage angst arc that reflects the rise and fall of most mid-’00s emo heartthrobs. You know if high school Peter Parker—the kid who slammed his door and blasted The Swiss Army Romance on his Discman—never got his powers, he’d have grown up to be the guy who emcees Emo Nite LA.