From elder statesmen to emerging acts, this month's emo and punk roundup showcases a wide range of what's new and noteworthy in the scene. A crop of veterans are still going strong, whether they're trying out new sounds (Christian pop-pranksters Relient K, back with a Top 40-leaning new album), keeping the party going (3OH!3 with another set of crunkcore anthems) or simply proving that getting older doesn't mean mellowing out (The Used's The Ocean of the Sky). For an even bigger nostalgia trip, check out Taking Back Sunday's TAYF10, an acoustic rendering of their classic album recorded live on last fall's anniversary tour.
Don't forget about discs from the scene's brightest up-and-comers, too. Political punks letlive. have been turning heads and tearing up the Warped Tour this summer, and it's easy to see why with just one listen to The Blackest Beautiful. Elsewhere, Set It Off mix the minor-key snarl of My Chemical Romance and theatricality of Panic! At the Disco on the expanded edition of Cinematics, while Tallhart blend sensitive indie rock and muscular emo on their debut album, We Are the Same.