This post comes with a caveat: the final Double Dagger show is the show of the weekend, and an important one in the Baltimore punk canon. We've done a lot on the trio recently, so consider this post more like the Weekend's Best Bet Not Happening at Ottobar Friday. (Also, apparently that show is very close to selling out.)
And yes, I can hear your scoffs at New Found Glory, the pre-Fall Out Boy, pop-punk poster boys. Given my age (newly 25) and my upbringing (South Jersey, home to a million pop-punk/emo bands of varying successes, including my own), New Found Glory is an instant time-portal to an adolescence set to big, whiney-voiced hooks and sad-sack, woe-is-me lyrics. Ah, if we only knew then what we know now.
The band is still going, with a just-released seventh album, "Radiosurgery." Even more interesting is the name of the group's headlining tour (which stops by Rams Head Live Sunday) — the Pop-Punk's Not Dead Tour. For some, it's a title dripping in irony, but for pop-punk lifers like NFG, it's a reminder via battlecry. You can judge for yourself if it's a full-throated yell or a dying whimper by watching the video or "Radiosurgery" above. At the very least, Sunday's set will include older gems such as "Sincerely Me" and "Dressed to Kill." Hopefully.
New Found Glory plays Rams Head Live on Sunday. Set Your Goals, the Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year also perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $21.50 in advance and $24 day of the show, are still available here.