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Recess Fest f. Joan of Arc, Implodes, Blossoms, Moenda 

When: Sat., Aug. 13 2011
Price: $10, $12 under 21
The dis on these Chicago veterans used to be that experimentation took precedence over songwriting; were they an art project or a rock band? Between atonal aggro and delicate acoustics; Tim Kinsella’s occasionally over-the-top vocals; a propensity for uber-ironic LP titles (So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness), and a sense that sometimes they were just being willfully difficult, JoA have been both critical darlings and occasional punching bags. But coming out of the aughts, and streamlined down to a quartet, JoA seems to have turned back to their (slightly) more trad Cap’n Jazz (an emo band that didn’t suck) roots, as this year’s re-impassioned Life Like suggests. Whatever they’re up to, landing JoA is a great coup for Recess Fest.(John Schacht)

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