Post-hardcore and political punk converged on the House of Blues stage in Boston last Monday night. Touche Amore set the tone, dancing across the stage with endless energy and fist-pumping. Rise Against began with a blackened stage, exploding into their first song as white light flooded the audience. They treated the frantic droves to a mix of old and new—playing hits from Sufferer and the Witness, Appeal To Reason,” and the Bill Stephenson produced Endgame. Upon hearing the first familiar riffs of “The Good Left Undone,” the crowd erupted into an enormous circle pit.
The fans’ enthusiasm only rose when lead man Tim Mcllrath called out their new album The Black Market to play a few songs from it. It didn’t matter if people were on the floor, in the balcony, or by the bar; everyone was moshing. McIlrath jumped up on the grated platform at the stage front screaming, “Boston we love you, you’re always the craziest stop on our tour! But you already knew that, didn’t you?”
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