Braid, All Eyes West, Fires 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Soundboard

When: Sat., Aug. 27, 9 p.m. 2011

Like most 90s midwestern emo progenitors, Braid broke up just before the style's explosion in popularity in the early aughts made bona fide rock stars out of bands who had lifted their predecessors' sound more or less wholesale. Late last year Braid cofounder Bob Nanna reconvened the group, intending to record a couple songs for the annual vinyl-geek bonanza known as Record Store Day, but they didn't schedule a session in time to get a seven-inch out by mid-April. Instead the band's longtime home, Polyvinyl Records, released the new Closer to Closed—available on RSD-worthy 180-gram white vinyl—last Tuesday. Former Jawbox front man J. Robbins recorded the four- song EP in a single weekend, and in terms of guitar-chiminess and wistful-mood-settingness, it stacks up pretty well against Braid's classic work. Nanna denies that they've officially reunited and claims there aren't any plans to continue after next month's Pygmalion Music Festival in Champaign-Urbana, but stranger things than a new Braid long-player have certainly happened. —Miles Raymer All Eyes West and Fires open.

Price: $17

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