Warped Tour stalwart and turn-of-the-century emo effigy Blink-182 has returned to the spotlight with a new No. 1 record (California, released in July) and lineup (exit co-founder Tom DeLonge, enter Alkaline Trio guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba). Gone is the band’s reputation as a joke act; the punks are now heralded as pioneers of a rock revival that still dominates the mainstream airwaves through a legion of imitators (see Modern Baseball, All Time Low, or 5 Seconds of Summer). Scan the pop music landscape of the early aughts and you can’t miss the TRL-approved singles “All the Small Things,” “The Rock Show,” and “What’s My Age Again?” Teenagers and 30-somethings, put away Guitar Hero: you can relive the era of bleached tips and tube socks with the trio Friday at the Spokane Arena.
— Connor Dinnison