Nothing like a little good-doing to offset the sex-and-drugs image of touring rock 'n' roll bands. For almost a full decade now, Hopeless Records has been fighting this good fight by sending out its "Take Action Tour" around the country, alongside a compilation on its own nonprofit label, Sub City, to raise additional funds. The tour and comp rotate a cause each year, but it's always something close to benefiting the kids who turn out to the shows.
A lot has changed in the world and in music since the first "TAT" hit the road. (Just consider the original lineup, which included long-gone acts like the Promise Ring and Snapcase and even Poison the Well, Jimmy Eat World, and a fledgling Le Tigre.) One thing that hasn't changed, though, is that, honestly, teens are having sex, and adults are doing a poor job of educating them about it.
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Enter Sex, Etc., this year's "TAT" beneficiary. Based at Rutgers University, the organization aims to get the frank talk out there through an online community, a national magazine, and other information resources. This year, Silverstein, Bayside, Polar Bear Club, the Swellers, and Texas in July have all signed on to play in support.