Motion City Soundtrack, Set Your Goals, This Providence, The Swellers

Motion City Soundtrack comes to Dallas supporting its newest record, My Dinosaur Life, in what will most definitely be a packed show. No surprise there: MCS has a sound that is very friendly to the Warped Tour audience, even if it isn't strictly for those crowds. Rather, this five-piece is something that a fan of Weezer, The Get Up Kids or even Ultimate Fakebook could enjoy. Especially the earlier stuff, which even the band seems to concede is its best material: In a recent string of shows, the band performed its first three albums front-to-back.

Thankfully, My Dinosaur Life, the band's first on Columbia Records after a stint on Epitaph Records, doesn't find Motion City Soundtrack resting on its laurels. The band's hooky, keyboard- and guitar-heavy pop has a sound that isn't all just fun and games: When a band has recorded with Ric Ocasek, Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne, Mark Hoppus from blink-182 and Eli Janney from Girls Against Boys, it's safe to say it has its feet planted in some pretty stable ground.

Six-piece Set Your Goals, a fellow Epitaph act, supports, as well as Fueled by Ramen acts This Providence and The Swellers.

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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
Contact: Eric Grubbs