For a few years in the mid-'00s, it was good to be Adam Lazzara. The Taking Back Sunday frontman was the king of the burgeoning third-wave emo scene while being embroiled in a feud with scenemates Brand New, former bandmates Shaun Cooper and John Nolan, and pretty much every ex-girlfriend he ever had. (And as we all know, controversy sells records — or at least T-shirts.) Now 28, Lazzara's put most of those ghosts to rest, and although his band might not be at the top of the Warped Tour heap anymore popularity-wise, from a musical standpoint, it's still topnotch. Exhibit A: this year's brilliant New Again. Loaded with bitter lyrics aimed at ex-guitarist Fred Mascherino and ex-fiancée/Eisley guitarist Chauntelle DuPree (among others), New Again finds Lazzara tossing insults aplenty, not for the sake of drama, but for the sake of vengeance. And as he proves onstage every night, mics are for singing and swinging.
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