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Fawn | Coastlines

Jaded girl-boy harmonies, gleeful three-chord riffs, healthy doses of punkish noise and emo melody: Coastlines , the debut LP from Detroit indie-pop quartet Fawn, feels like a charming souvenir from a musical era two decades in the rear-view.
Quite Scientific Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  June 08, 2012

Answer her prayer, emo pioneers!

Regarding your February 17 editorial ("Come to Jesus"), I'm sick of the Catholic Church sticking its nose into our government.
Letters to the Boston editors, March 2, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 02, 2012

Catching up with Kid’s Gotta Do

There's no shortage of emo-influenced, WARPED Tour rock bands in these parts.
Two-man show
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 17, 2012

Emo: it might as well be a four-letter word

Back in 2001, when Bleed American was exploding all over modern-rock radio, I sat down with Jimmy Eat World guitarist Tom Linton and frontman Jim Adkins and asked about the emo label with which their group had been saddled.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 10, 2012

A punk phenomenon grows up

It's time we faced it: the vanguards of rock have gotten really old.
Punk is dead, right?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 10, 2012

All emo is local

Remember the years before blog-rock, when scenes and sounds developed geographically?
Five scenes that grew organically
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 10, 2012


Saves the Day | Daybreak

After 14 years and six studio albums, Jersey pop-punk quartet Saves the Day return with a seventh serving of nasal-y hyper-introspective power-emo.
Razor + Tie (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 09, 2011

Braid | Closer to Closed

After 11 years, Braid is back with something you may have to make a small effort to enjoy.
Polyvinyl (2011)
By SAM UEDA  |  August 26, 2011
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Taking Back Sunday are back on the scene

For a lot of people, just mentioning Tell All Your Friends reignites a bunch of old motifs and memories. For me, nostalgia accounts for half of my affection, whereas the album's raw, naïve tenacity justifies the remainder.
Pride of strong island
By REYAN ALI  |  July 15, 2011

Pinsky win by Losing Touch

Pinsky don't seem to be in any kind of hurry. Roughly three years following their first EP, the intriguing Two for the Road (with a two-song release mixed in last year), the four-piece are ready with a debut full-length on Sinking Ship Records.
Get up, kids
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 01, 2011
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Death Cab for Cutie crack familiar Codes

When I phone Walla, who's in Minneapolis with Death Cab on a tour that will bring them to the cozy Paradise a week from Sunday, he's in a reflective mood.  
Self-help manual
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 27, 2011

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Manchester Orchestra | Simple Math

It's not uncommon to find young alt bands testing their boundaries on their third albums, exhibiting growth through darker material and more-complex lyricism.
Favorite Gentleman/Columbia (2011)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  May 13, 2011

Second that emotion

For fanboys of a certain, oh, let's call it a distinguished temporal status, it was the emo-nerd equivalent of leaked footage from a new Star Wars installment showing up online: last August, the long-pined-for defunct Florida band Further Seems Forever r
Chris Carrabba revisits Further Seems Forever
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  April 29, 2011

How the Decemberists ruined indie rock

If you're a regular reader of the Phoenix's music section, you'll have noticed a decided uptick in the space devoted to electronic music here lately: electro, laptop lo-fi, chillwave, superstar DJs, and whatever other bullshit genre we're about to hype n
Colin Meloy's crew have much to answer for
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011

Everyone Everywhere | Everyone Everywhere

Remember when emo wasn’t just some watered-down pop-punk version of goth? No? Well . . . it wasn’t.
Tiny Engines (2010)
By LEOR GALIL  |  May 21, 2010

Brand New at House of Blues | November 17

Brand New plays "You Won't Know" at the House of Blues. Click here to see a full gallery of photos from the showI'd like to...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  November 20, 2009


How it feels to be something (back) on

Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman still sounds amazed by the band he saw at Seattle’s Crocodile Café back in 1993.
The return of Sunny Day Real Estate
By LEOR GALIL  |  September 25, 2009

Stasis prevails

My first reaction when I heard that Jimmy Eat World were undertaking a tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Clarity was a bemused "Really?"
Jimmy Eat World, live at the House of Blues, February 26, 2009
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 03, 2009
Download Fletcher's "Mystery Girl"

Download Fletcher's "Mystery Girl"

 So, last week we received an email from a girl named Erin.  Her roomie apparently has the hots for me.  Or, she did have the...
By Fletcher  |  December 17, 2007