When: Wed., May 4, 7 p.m. 2016
The Web has been as much a boon to the fourth-wave emo scene as the DIY infrastructure that allows little-known bands to find their way into the upper-right atria of youngsters. And Portland’s Sioux Falls get it. One of the best tracks off their recent Rot Forever (Broken World Media/Standard Brickhouse), “Dom” explores the hard-to-define feelings that often arise while hunkered down in front of a computer for hours on end. Isaac Eiger’s soft, woebegone howls express the lows of bingeing on the Web, but his vocals also contain kernels of joy that say more about the uplifting possibilities of technology. The band’s bittersweet, lo-fi melodies fit right in in with the canon of sloppy indie rock, but anyone who’s spent hours studying the mysticism of cycling emo guitars should be able to grapple onto Rot Forever. The album’s distribution only adds to Sioux Falls’ emo bona fides: Broken World Media was founded by Derrick Shanholtzer-Dvorak of new-emo mob the World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.