Emo is barely even worth discussing as a subgenre of punk at this point. It has too many bastard children of its own.

Emo is barely even worth discussing as a subgenre of punk at this point. It has too many bastard children of its own.

Anberlin subscribes to the inspirational "Grey's Anatomy" variety of emo. Rooted in U2's stadium anthems, it's a close cousin to the sort of modern Christian worship music designed to stir up "mountaintop experiences." That makes sense; like many bands of their ilk, Anberlin crossed over from the Christian rock scene but takes great pains to avoid being pigeonholed as such. Latest offering "Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place" is ideal for your next tear-jerking montage.

Tour mates Circa Survive are under the emo umbrella too, but their Mars Volta-inspired prog dabbling, especially Anthony Green's hair-raising squeal, lands them in a vastly different sonic realm - not to mention a superior one. Last year's "Blue Sky Noise" was a downright breathtaking example of epic emo done right.

Opening the show will be decidedly non-emo Cincinnati glam rockers Foxy Shazam, who threatened to shoot a concert promoter in the face from The Summit's stage because of the poor mix at their last Columbus concert. Let's hope they approve of the sound system at the Newport.