Tonight: Retribution Gospel Choir at the Crocodile, Angels & Airwaves at the Showbox SoDo

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Retribution Gospel Choir, with Kinski. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $8. Remember Hoobastank? They were early-2000s mainstream rock at its finest - lots

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Tonight: Retribution Gospel Choir at the Crocodile, Angels & Airwaves at the Showbox SoDo

  • Tonight: Retribution Gospel Choir at the Crocodile, Angels & Airwaves at the Showbox SoDo

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    Retribution Gospel Choir, with Kinski. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-7416. 8 p.m. $8. Remember Hoobastank? They were early-2000s mainstream rock at its finest - lots of soaring power chords with lots of unnecessary oomph, vocals just dripping with pathos and urgency? That sort of heavy alt-rock by way of Nickelback went out of style a few years ago. But hangers on, we have good news: Retribution Gospel Choir's sophomore record, 2 is Hoobastank's best record yet. It's full of huge and obvious builds to monotonous choruses and rhythms, too-frequent and too-noisy cymbal crashes - it's even got such emphatic lyrics as, "We sing of salvation/ We sing what we must/ Cuz one man's treasure/ Is another man's lust." As for you doubters, dissenters, and indie snobs - yes, two members of Low are also in this band. And no, RGC's 2 has none of the subtlety and nuance that makes Low such a refreshing band. ERIN K. THOMPSON

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    Angels & Airwaves, with Say Anything. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., 382-7877. 7 p.m. $26. All ages. After the split of Blink-182, Tom DeLonge worked tirelessly to prove that his new incarnation would forever change rock music. And while the group filled with former members of Box Car Racer, The Offspring and 30 Seconds to Mars may not have lived up to those grandiose statements, Angels and Airwaves undoubtedly play great music. Third record Love--available for free download on AvA's website--is a guitar-driven alt-rock record that rides on the sound of debut We Don't Need to Whisper, only now aural synth lines take a striking prominence that make for a smoother listen. The underlying humor that drove Blink-182 may be all but forgotten, but the bombast of chords and anthemic choruses are a fair trade. NICK FELDMAN
     
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