Philly new-wave emo outfit Modern Baseball have scored fans with their hyper-conversational lyricism, which explores familiar emotional terrain—love, battling cool kids, existential questions—through a very current lens, namely, social media. But lest you think that a band that sings pop-punk-echoing songs about Facebook is just so much shtick, think again. Modern Baseball’s considerable angst is rooted in very IRL issues: They canceled an overseas tour last fall so frontman/guitarist Brendan Lukens could check into rehab after being diagnosed with manic depressive disorder as well as a slew of substance addictions. Now Lukens and the band are back in the game with a critically acclaimed new album, Holy Ghost, which finds Modern Baseball working through their feelings with their signature wit. Root for the home team when the band drops by the House of Blues on June 23.
Modern Baseball plays on June 23 at 7:30 pm at the House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston; $20-$30; livenation.com