Title Fight at Skate Naked

From the January 31, 2013 edition

Call it melodic hardcore if you want, but there’s a better word for what Title Fight pulls off so powerfully: emo.

Don’t let that dissuade you mall rats (and the mall rat-averse) from getting an education Friday at Skate Naked. Heartrending, throat-shredding guitar music doesn’t get much more blisteringly beautiful than this Pennsylvania combo does it. Last year’s Floral Green is a reminder that this music didn’t just accidentally ascend from basements to arenas in the early aughts; it climbed its way to the masses by sheer force.

A strong set of openers includes recent Alive Bands to Watch honorees The End of the Ocean plus Grey Gordon and React.

Manny Mares photo