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  • What, are you gonna cry, Fall Out Boy?

Take a look at the spring concert calendar, and the biggest show may be Fall Out Boy, who have "Dance, Dance"-ed their way to the top of the emo world with their 2005 double-platinum From Under the Cork Tree.

Whether modest or just not wanting to be jinxed by the pressures associated with being the band of the moment, Fall Out Boy singer/guitarist Patrick Stump downplays the notion.

"I don't know," says Stump, calling from his home in Chicago. "I'm not keeping tabs on it. That's crazy to think. But I don't know."

The foursome deftly played the indie rock game after coming together in 2000. They released split and mini-albums until 2003, when then signed with Fueled by Ramen and released Take This to Your Grave. Cork Tree is their debut on Island Records.

Over most of the past five years, the members of Fall Out Boy have been in one of two places: in a recording studio or on stage. But they're not complaining. In fact, they're laughing. Obviously, the band has a sense of humor, which is epitomized with the hit single "Dance Dance." It's sort of an odd title for a hardcore song that is, well, not really dance-friendly.

"Absolutely, and I think it's one of the things where we definitely approach things with a bit of sarcasm, with a bit of a smile about it," Stump says. "I think rock music in general got to a point where it got too uptight, too predictable, too obvious and too thought-out. And just because you're wearing eyeliner doesn't mean you don't have a smile."


The Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour, featuring Fall Out Boy

Magness Arena, 2440 E. Buchtel Blvd., Denver

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets ($26) are sold out; look for scalpers.


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