Reality Punk

You might think of Hawthorne Heights as typical angst-ridden, screamo pop punksters. But lately, the angst pouring out of the Dayton, Ohio, quartet has grounds beyond teenaged sorrows. Nearly a year ago, Casey Calvert, the guitarist/vocalist/happy-go-lucky band member, died of drug intoxication while on tour. It was a tragic event, but it was likely what put things in perspective for the boys and the suits at Victory Records (after some well-documented legal squabbling that nearly kept the band from moving forward with a new album). Alas, the band’s melodic, introspective, and needless-to-say emotional third album, Fragile Future, is now a reality. To promote Fragile Future, Hawthorne Heights headlines the Never Sleep Again Tour with Emery, the Color Fred, Tickle Me Pink, and the Mile After. The show starts tonight at 7 at the Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $20. Call 954-564-1074.
Sun., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., 2008
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Bryan Falla