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An "Emo"-tional night at E.J. Thomas Hall

By malcolm Published: April 21, 2009

Wednesday night, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall will play host to a couple of up and coming bands for whom the adjective "emo" is probably not an insult.
Singer/songwriter Secondhand Serenade aka John Vesely will perform along with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

Vesely is touring behind his sophomore album A Twist In My Story, a collection of umm..emotional songs featuring the kind of high keening vocals, emotional, vulnerable lyrics and big, hooky choruses that made Dashboard Confessional so darn popular a few years ago.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus's latest album is quite a bit more electric and eclectic with the band who had a hit with Face Down from their double platinum selling debut Don't You Fake It. The band still holds down some basic tenets of the commercialized emo sound, namely singer Ronnie Winter melodramatic (and yes) keening vocals and arena-rafter reaching hooks. But they also add a bit of classic rock to them mix which almost makes them interesting.

What: Secondhand Serenade & The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22
Where: E.J. Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street
Tickets: $15 students, $25 everyone else.

And, no, there is no senior discount.




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