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Club-Hopping: The Frantic, Alkaline Trio

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Suburban Lemont may not have earned a reputation as a rock 'n' roll hotspot just yet, but the newish venue This Must Be The Place at 206 Main St. is trying to change that, and owner Dan Farnesi already has some bragging rights as the father of two of the members of stellar pop-punks the Frantic. The group will top the bill on Saturday [Feb. 27] at a benefit for the always-worthy Rock for Kids charity starting at 9 p.m. and also featuring Late Night Hooligan Riff Raff and the Nik Galik Band. The suggested donation is $10; for more information, visit or call (630) 243-1500.

If the demise of Fall Out Boy turns out to be true, that leaves Alkaline Trio as the best-selling mainstream punk band hailing from Chicago at the moment (though that may not really be worth bragging about). The group celebrates the release of its seventh studio album, "This Addiction," with two sold-out shows this weekend [Feb. 27-28] at Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Saturday's starts at 9 p.m., Sunday's at 6:30 p.m. and both feature openers Cursive and the Dear & Departed.

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Are Rise Against not a "mainstream punk band" from Chicago? Why not?

@Shawn Rise Against is indeed a "'mainstream punk band' from Chicago." I know they haven't released as many albums proper as Alkaline Trio, but they also have two gold records to their name, while I don't know that Alkaline Trio has any that has sold that many. Do you happen to know which act as actually sold more records?

@Jim I think Shawn might be right here, dude. At the very least, I know that Alkaline Trio has never had a record chart higher than #13 on Billboard, while Rise Against's last, Appeal to Reason, reached #3. Is Rise Against not considered "mainstream" in your eyes because of their sociopolitical views (particularly regarding veganism)? (I'm not asking that like a tool-bag; I'm actually curious to get your read on this).

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