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X96 Big Ass Show Staff Pick

When: Fri., May 8, 3 p.m. 2015
Price: $30-$60
Panic! at the Disco is known for energetic live shows, in which showman and lead singer Brenden Urie does backflips, get shirtless and shows off his keyboard chops with piano solos. Ever since PATD burst onto the scene in 2005 with hits featuring outrageously lengthy names, their reputation for creativity and wit has grown. The group has been working on a fifth studio album, and—sans original drummer Spencer Smith, who left the band in April—have released a new single, "Hallelujah." The song titles are shorter and the music has changed, from story-driven, electro-dance punk rock to a more theatrical upbeat and danceable pop rock. In addition to squeezing new material and many of their well-known songs into their tour lineup, PATD often performs a riveting, full-length cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Bassist and backup vocalist Dallon Weeks grew up in Utah, where he was the lead man of Salt Lake City band The Brobecks. With 11 studio albums, Nebraska group 311 has plenty of material to tour, and their sets pull evenly from their entire discography of reggae alternative-rock (with rap and funk thrown in) rather than focusing on the newest album, 2014's Stereolithic. Punk rock band Rise Against, from Chicago, is slated to play a powerful set of their activism rock. Earlier this year, they released a limited edition 7-inch vinyl of "The Eco-Terrorist in Me;" a previously unreleased single, "About Damn Time;" and a spoken word track, "We Will Never Forget," for Record Store Day. The full lineup of the festival also includes Airborne Toxic Event, New Politics and Wolf Alice. (Tiffany Frandsen)
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