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Dashboard Confessional Leader Brings It Back To College

Of the Oakland Press

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Playing college gigs — as he will this weekend at Eastern Michigan University — gets Dashboard Confessional leader Chris Carrabba thinking about his own interrupted stint in higher education.

He studied education at Florida Atlantic University and still has a semester’s worth of classes remaining.

“I got my record deal right when I started my student teaching,” says the 31-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist, who, despite his band’s success, would some day like to fi nish his degree.

“I would just like to do that,” the Connecticut-born Carrabba notes. “There’s all kind of different laws in Florida that let you work. I was working as a teacher once I had 90 credits or something like that. If you’re almost there, you can get a job and not feel like a sham. But I’d still like to fi nish (his degree) up at some point.”

Don’t count on it happening any time soon. Carrabba has spent a chunk of the year on road promoting Dashboard’s fourth album, “Dusk and Summer,” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in June and has sold nearly 350,000 copies. Carrabba and company spent more than a year working on the set, and while he didn’t do much road-testing of the songs, he notes that the group “did do more live work during the course of this record,” which made a signifi cant impact on its sound.

“We’d record for three weeks, then we’d play (live) for three weeks and then record,” Carrabba explains, “so I was always taking the spirit of that live show back into the studio with me. I think it kept us grounded and helped us remember where our palette was, sonically, which colors to use when we were playing this stuff.”

Dashboard Confessional and Brand New perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (October 28th) at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, Hewitt Road at Huron River Drive, Ypsilanti. Tickets are $27.50. Call (734) 487-2282 or visit

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