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Secondhand Serenade at the National 

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Emo music makes itself a pretty easy target for a little teasing. From the confessional lyrics of romantic bitterness and desperation to its general woe-is-me image and adolescent awkwardness and angst, the genre isn't taken very seriously within most circles. But hey, these bands have certainly found an audience and connected with it. And truth be told, there are a few really good emo albums out there (Jimmy Eat World's “Clarity” is one of my all-time favorites of any genre; that's right, I said it). Clearly descended from the family tree of Dashboard Confessional and All-American Rejects is John Vesely's musical outlet Secondhand Serenade. You couldn't ask for a better concert if you've recently been dumped. He plays the National on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. $15-$18. 612-1900 or www.thenationalva.com. — Mike Hilleary
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