A simple request from the Tokyo correspondent:

Since I can't be there myself, ya'll will have to do me the favor of checking out two shows coming to the city next week. Regardless of what you think of Blink 182, be smart enough to show up early for their gig at the Warfield this Tuesday, May 1 - Alkaline Trio is opening on this leg of the tour, supporting the new album, a successful return to their crunchy quasi-punk/mostly-emo sound. The following night, Rocket from the Crypt will proselytize the unbelievers at the Great American Music Hall. Be assured that it takes only one show to become a true-believer in the Rocket; I will guaran-f***ing-tee a stage show you won't soon forget.