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On Friday, Sept. 12, I am heading to Chicago to immerse myself in the aging punk nostalgia gathering that is Riot Fest. Over three days, I will be overloaded with sets from bands (Face to Face! Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies!) that most haven’t considered since discarding their Punk-O-Rama compilations at the turn of the century. I bring this up as a testament to the greatness of Joyce Manor’s Never Hungover Again: After 72 hours of pop punk in Chicago, I am dragging myself to the Rock & Roll Hotel the night I return to seek out more. The band’s newly released full-length—a loose term for a 10-song album with a running time under 20 minutes—finds the members gradually expanding their sound after signing to the major indie label (Epitaph Records) that undoubtedly inspired them to attend more than a few Warped Tours. Not since the late ‘90s has young suburban America sounded as sweetly sour as “Catalina Fight Song” or the Blink-182-esque “Heart Tattoo.” Joyce Manor performs with the Exquisites and Mike Bell and the Movies at 7:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13. (202) 388-7635. rockandrollhoteldc.com.