The Word

By By Trevor Hale

By Trevor Hale

Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
In The Venue (579 W. 200 South)
Oh, the nostalgia of mid-90s pop-punk. Lagwagon hit the big time (well, as big as a punk band could get before Blink-182 took the crown) with the song “Sleep” that was featured on the Fat Wreck Chords compilation Vol. 2-Survival of the Fattest. They put out a number of great albums, and singer Joey Cape moonlighted as a member of Me First and the Gimmie Gimmes, but the band faded away when they were either unable or unwilling to play the major label game like so many of their peers. They are back out on the road, touring in support of their first EP since 2005, I Think My Older Brother Used To Listen To Lagwagon.

Dr. Dog
Sept. 26, 10 p.m.
The Urban Lounge (241 S. 500 East)
Dr. Dog is not a hip-hop group, despite the name leading you to think otherwise. This Pennsylvania-based five-piece plays an eclectic mix of ’60s pop a la The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds but adds just the right amount of hipster swagger to draw in the correct crowd. They’ve been on tour as the openers for everyone including My Morning Jacket, The Strokes and The Raconteurs, but now they’re out on their own and it’s probably your last chance to see them at such an intimate venue as The Urban Lounge. Luckily, the show starts late, so you’ll still be able to make this after the Lagwagon show ends.

X-96 Big Ass Show
Sept. 27, 11 a.m. Rain or Shine
USANA Ampitheatre (5150 South 6055 West)
This is X-96’s version of the Warped Tour, so if you missed that show back in July, now is your chance to make up for it. The bands may be different, but this one won’t be nearly as hot and miserable. There’s always a large variety to the bands that X-96 is able to secure for the show and they make sure they cover just about every fan base imaginable. This year is no different as the headliners range from indie sensation Shiny Toy Guns to MySpace screamo hero Hawthorne Heights to all around weirdo Mindless Self Indulgence. There are sure to be a strange mix of people wandering the grounds, but it’s not a bad way to enjoy one of the last outdoor shows of the year.