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Panic strikes

Three months back, the release of its sixth album, "Panic," marked a new beginning for punk outfit MXPX. After 13 years generating a loyal following, taking part in many a Vans Warped Tour trek and perfecting its praise of punk, the band was looking to grow up a bit -- to recharge the batteries and create a new body of work reflecting its relative maturity. After all, this is an outfit whose debut effort saw release just as the band members were graduating high school. Much has changed in the ensuing years.

"Panic," much like Green Day's "American Idiot," reflects a more thoughtful world view and also insists that punk rock can retain its meaning as one ages. Toward that end, songs like "Late Again" and "Wrecking Hotel Rooms" pack all of the guitar-driven power of the band's angry teen scream-alongs -- recall "Young and Depressed," "Waiting for the World to End" and "The Darkest Places," anthems of angst, all -- into a more mature, if no less raucous, whole.

MXPX brings its "Panic" tour to the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., for an all-ages show on Monday. The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be found now at the Town Ballroom box office, Home of the Hits, New World Record or through

-- Jeff Miers

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