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Rule #9 w/ Eye On Attraction and Nepotism 

When: Wed., July 9 2014

pop punk, 8 p.m.

Charleston’s Rule #9 are big fans of pop-punk, and it’s obviously the foundation of their sound, but like many second wave post-millennial emo acts, they also like to toss in more aggressive post-core elements. Though the band only began three-and-a-half years ago, its members have been playing together since 2006 and clearly bear the imprint of the era. It’s there on tracks like the swelling “Independence Day” and the screamo of “My Favorite Shade of Red,” which contrasts a spooky-elegant piano intro with Cookie Monster growls, thudding breakdowns, and an extended sample from the film Grapes of Wrath. Tracks like the spunky “City of Lights,” even suggest Rule #9’s ability to pen the kind of winsome, hard-charging single that could break on radio (with better production). Since forming behind Kyle and Kevin Porter and their friend Robbie Drawdy, Rule #9 has grown into a quintet and released an EP each of the last three years. Their recordings are pretty tight, and they’ve shown the ability to tackle a variety of styles, but what’s missing is a full-length album that could go a long way in establishing a more distinct identity. ­—Chris Parker

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