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La Dispute

7 p.m. Monday, April 16. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.

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Grand Rapids' La Dispute might make you nostalgic for the pre-Internet days of punk rock, that era when post-hardcore and emo were indistinguishable and bands made names for themselves through relentless touring rather than relentless digital campaigns. The workhorse quintet's devotion to its craft comes across on its newest album, Wildlife, which finds relief from modern anxiety in classic devices like dynamic outbursts and lyrical over-shares. The band headlines its show at the Firebird, but it has been seen on tour with the likes of Thrice, Thursday and Hot Water Music, bands who, like La Dispute, understand the importance of ground-level promotion.

Frontman Jordan Dreyer Sounds Like: A less melodic Omar Rodriguez-Lopez circa At The Drive-In or a less drunk Craig Finn circa Lifter Puller.

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