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Since ‘90s mid-western emo is experiencing somewhat of a modern revival, it's only fitting that legend Mike Kinsella (of Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc and Owen fame) would reconvene his short-lived but genre-defining project American Football. The band's new album—the second self-titled followup to its beloved, classic self-titled debut—features the likes of Hayley Williams (Paramore) and Rachel Goswell (Slowdive) accompanying its wistful explorations of middle-aged ennui. Now faced with the responsibilites of work and family two decades later, the band strays farther from its original mythology (based in college music scenes, fiery teenage romances and heartbreak) in search of new, maturer ground.