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Fall Out Boy

With New Found Glory, Permanent Me, and the Early November. Thursday, January 11, at the Agora. The show is sold out.

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Before Island released its 2005 debut From Under the Cork Tree, Chicago's Fall Out Boy spent its days inside an old Econoline van, touring the nation and cranking out tight, suburban-bred hardcore sweetened with two lumps of pop. But nowadays, they're bona fide stars: double platinum sales, a cover story in Spin, and a 2006 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

It's been a swift rise from obscurity to celebrity, for sure -- one that Fall Out Boy comically examines in the video for "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," the first single from Infinity on High, due out next month. In it, the quartet swims in the excesses of superstardom: fast cars, high-profile production deals, and riotous parties. When bassist Peter Wentz drunkenly falls from a penthouse window, the whole gang relocates to a cemetery, only to continue its debauchery. But just as the axe solo peaks, Wentz leaps from his casket while simultaneously awakening from a dream. It's actually 2003, and the band has overslept -- late for a gig at a bingo hall in Des Moines, Iowa. Then again, that's the real dream isn't it? There's no return to obscurity for Fall Out Boy -- at least for now.

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