I say this all the time when I write about emo, but as Midwesterners, this stuff runs through our veins. If you’re a rock fan who grew up in the ’90s, you were exposed to it constantly, either at small punk shows or through the genre’s more commercial iterations on alternative radio in the form of bands like Hum and Jimmy Eat World, and regardless of how lame you thought this music was initi...
“bass player upset at lead singer for hogging the spotlight” and “guitarist’s
girlfriend lobbying for more solos,” failure to get a record deal sits
prominently on the lists of reasons bands call it quits. But it’s not often
that a band landing a spot on a label plays a role in its
You’ll find a lot of genre tags on Worn, the debut EP from the Fond du Lac band Township: alternative, indie, rock, pop punk, grunge, etc. And none of them are inaccurate, per se, but all of them bury the lede, because make no bones about it, this is an emo album—an unapologetic, Tell All Your Friends-ass, So This Is The New Year-ass, Why Does Hum Keep Teasing Us With Reunion Shows But No New ...
I'm used to hearing all kinds of weird music at Miller Park�organ novelties, original rap songs about Prince Fielder, reggaeton�but I think this was the weirdest one yet: Last night the stadium played a fairly lengthy excerpt of "Lemon Yellow Black," a deep cut from Jets to Brazil, the almost great but mostly forgotten late-'90s, post-Jawbreaker emo band of Blake Schwarzenbach. The stadium had sto...
For those who didn’t get their fill of fashionable emo-punk at the Warped Tour, Cute Is What We Aim For play a 7 p.m. concert at the Rave. Critics have dismissed their hyper-hooky, slickly produced sound as banal, but their fans—which skew about as young as you’d expect from a band that’s barely out of high . . .
What’s largely missing from this year’s line-up of the Warped Tour, the country’s preeminent punk festival? You guessed it: punk. When the festival stops at the Marcus Amphitheater today beginning at noon, you’ll see Christian metalcore outfits (As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada), ostentatious emo . . .
South Dakota’s Spill Canvas carved out their own slice of the seemingly endless (and endlessly lucrative) emo pie last year with their oh-so-earnest major label debut, No Really, I’m Fine, an album that explored emo’s softer side, as well as the psyche of singer-songwriter Nick Thomas. The Spill Canvas do a 7:30 p.m. show . . .
Like another Minneapolis group, Motion City Soundtrack, rockers Love in October enliven their emo-pop songs with liberal hits of Moog synthesizer. With a timely sound, a new album helmed by Senses Fail/Get Up Kids producer Ed Rose, and increased attention from modern-rock tastemakers Spin and CMJ . . .