Let’s face it: There are just too many bands per square inch in the United States. With the proliferation of MySpace, it seems as though everyone (including your grandmother) is taking a shot at the record-industry big leagues. Blue October, however, has persevered—getting signed yet again by Universal, the very record label that dropped the band a few years ago. Now, with little more than persistence and a batch of new material, it has achieved headlining status—no easy feat these days—and is playing to 500-plus-capacity crowds. The band is on tour supporting its latest record, Foiled, and of course the hit single “Hate Me.” If you can afford a ticket after supporting Coldplay’s and U2’s recent tours, you should make the brief sojourn this Tuesday over to Empire, at the corner of 15th and R streets. All ages are welcome. Advance tickets are just $17.50, or you can pay $20 on the day of the show.