When: Sun., Dec. 16, 6 p.m. 2012
Few genres of music trigger a Pavlovian twinge of nostalgia for long-forgotten undergrad despair better than late-90s emo—a subgenre epitomized by the Get Up Kids, pre-Bleed American Jimmy Eat World, Saves the Day, and Champaign-born Braid. Whenever I hear the lo-fi Damon Atkinson drumbeat that kicks off "The New Nathan Detroits," the first song from Braid's 1998 masterpiece, Frame & Canvas, a part of me reverts to sad-sack mode, as though I'm still bummed about whatever misstep I made with Sally Psych Class freshman year. Never as hopelessly forlorn as, say, Mineral, Braid are as much posthardcore as emo, leaning on the intricately interwoven guitar melodies of Chris Broach and front man Bob Nanna, and Nanna's earnest vocals—sometimes cracking, sometimes endearingly out of tune—are as synonymous with the era as Four Minute Mile or Chris Carrabba's haircut. Braid disbanded not long after Frame & Canvas—the two-volume singles collection Movie Music came out posthumously in 2001 and 2002—but last year they reunited, releasing an EP of new material called Closer to Closed through their old pals at Polyvinyl. Tonight, though, it's their calling card in its entirety. Get wistful like it's 1998. —Kevin Warwick Into It. Over It., Diamond Youth, and Cut Teeth open.