Newsflash: A positive musical message doesn’t have to be a Christian one. And, while we’re at it, straight-edge hardcore shows don’t have to be violent.

If your mind was just blown, we suggest giving a listen to Have Heart, a Massachusetts band that’s been a commanding presence in the “posicore” (i.e., positive hardcore) scene since its inception in 2002. Advocating self-control, tolerance, logic, and respect, HH’s thrashy, punk-infused music isn’t out to pervert the minds of our young (or send them to church).

By the way, this may be your last chance ever to see Have Heart live, as the group recently announced plans to split after its current worldwide tour.

Sat., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., 2009
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