Oakland band The Matches rose to prominence at a time when East Bay pop-punk had garnered a national audience, with bands such as Green Day topping radio charts in the early Aughts. While The Matches were not quite as ubiquitous, their album E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals, with track names like “Sick Little Suicide” and “Destination: Nowhere Near,” earned them widespread acclaim among angsty, Hot Topic-dwelling teens. (In fact, having grown up in the area, I remember spending my middle school days chatting about how cool The Matches were with my friends on AOL Instant Messenger.) Ten years after the major label release of E. Von Dahl, in 2014, The Matches reunited for a successful national tour, drawing out now-grown fans who are nostalgic for their emo days. As their only shows of the year, they will perform back-to-back at The Fillmore in San Francisco on December 27 and 28.