Weekend: Where's the Band, The Expendables, The Shop, Sluggo, and The Noodles

It's official, folks: Emo is cool again. Don't believe me? Listen to "Fall In," the third track on the highly buzzed about Attack On Memory from Cloud Nothings. The song is straight out of the late '90s/early 'aughts emo playbook: Strained vocals, frantic drums, and the kind of guitar tone that defined albums by Braid, The Promise Ring, and Texas is the Reason.

It reminds me of something from Four Minute Mile by The Get Up Kids, and a time right before "emo" started earning the ridicule it regularly received from old-school punkers. Plenty of those older emo dudes are still kicking around -- including Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, who is scheduled to perform tonight at Crescent Ballroom as part of the Where's the Band? tour. He's joined by Chris Conley of Saves the Day, a band with one perfect album to its name (Stay What You Are) and some other pretty good ones, as well as Ace Enders (The Early November), Evan Weiss (Into It. Over It), and Anthony Raneri (Bayside), which is kind of like Nirvana touring with Bush, Silverchair, and Puddle of Mudd, but hey, who's keeping score?

Despite the snark, Where's the Band is one our shows to catch this weekend. Read on for more must-see gigs this weekend in the Valley.

Friday, February 3:

Where's the Band? feat. Anthony Raneri, Matt Pryor, Chris Conley, Ace Enders, & Evan Weiss at Crescent Ballroom

The Expendables at Roxy Lounge

Saturday, February 4:

The Shop's Seven-Year Anniversary at Hidden House

Featuring Miss Robs, Tricky T, Skip Skoolnik, DN3, and more.

This classic night celebrates its' birthday. More from Ben Leatherman: When Al Page and his friends started spending their Saturday nights at the Hidden House spinning up hip-hop and old-school cuts back in 2005, the DJ admits the operation was haphazard at first. "We used two CD players and my dad's vinyl, and it was raggedy mixing," he says. "Stopping a record 30 seconds into it, grabbing the mic and talking shit about how wack the song is, then dropping a banger, and having the whole place getting down." Seven years later, things may have gotten a bit more streamlined (as Page and company have upgraded to laptops and Serato) but The Shop is still as fly as ever.

Sluggo at The Loft Again

The Noodles at Sail Inn.

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