La Dispute touched down the other week at the Regent, bringing their brand of literary post-hardcore to a sold-out show. I have seen the band countless times over the years, but each time they bring their absolute a-game, weaving their complex, compassionate narratives with a fervor live. At the Regent they played to a fully immersed audience; longtime fans who’s rapturous attention was carried away as much by songs from their recent full length Panorama as from their oldest releases.

They brought hardcore upstarts Gouge Away in tow, a band who, similarly, every time I see them threatens to steal the show of whatever band they happen to be opening for. They have spent a long time paying their dues and opening for legacy act after legacy act–I hope the band explode onto the scene as soon as possible because god damn do Gouge Away deserve it.