PANIC! AT THE DISCO
“Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!”
Kindred spirits: Fall Out Boy, Green Day, the All-American Rejects
Show: With Hellogoodbye and the Colourist on Monday at Rams Head Live. Show starts at 8 p.m. 410-244-1131. www.ramsheadlive.com. $25.
Las Vegas trio Panic! at the Disco has given a hometown spin to its pop-punk sound on its fourth album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” The title is a quote from Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and the songs capture the Vegas scene — from its glitzy twinkle (“Vegas Lights”) to its chance encounters (“Casual Affair”) — all with a glossy, synth-driven electro-pop sound.
The band certainly knows how to craft a dramatic, stadium-swelling anthem. Album-opener “This Is Gospel” features lead singer Brendon Urie’s soaring vocals, and on the super-catchy “Miss Jackson,” his voice slinks and slithers like the bedhopper he’s singing about, sealing the deal with a winking ’80s reference in the chorus (“Miss Jackson, are you nasty?”).