With hardcore anthems that raged against teen apathy in the Bush era, Rise Against from Chicago started off as a thinking-punk's alternative to the chain-wallet angst of acts such as Sum41 and Simple Plan. Rise Against counts legions of die-hard fans worldwide by now. Their songs are driven by an ever-sharpening pop sensibility. Rise Against has dirtied up the chugga-chugga riffs with the Reagan-era spit shine of bands like Black Flag, but big choruses and radio-friendly hooks still anchor their powerful skate-punk pogo beat tunes and shout-along refrains. Wolves is their new album.