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Sunny Day Real Estate, the Jealous Sound Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Thu., Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. 2009

It’s hard to believe there was a time when the word “emo” didn’t carry a truckload of negative connotations, just as it’s hard to believe that you used to be able to smoke in restaurants or that people once communicated primarily by talking to one another rather than with acronyms and occasionally pornographic ASCII pictograms. Sunny Day Real Estate began their career during that forever-ago golden age and split up right as it was ending, and fairly or not they’ve received a lot of the blame for what emo has become since. They provided a good deal of the framework for what remains the preferred formula for codifying teen angst in epic rock songs—plaintive screaming, chugging guitars, abrupt transitions, as many parts as possible set to “soaring”—but even though legions of copycats have driven that formula into the ground, the band’s own records have held up fine. The first two, Diary and Sunny Day Real Estate (often called “LP2”)—both of which were just re­mastered and reissued by Sub Pop—are packed with moments of beauty and power that can still inspire a little sweater tugging. Sunny Day’s current reunion shows, its first since ’95 with all four founding members, coincide with the 15th anniversary of Diary’s original release. The Jealous Sound opens. —Miles Raymer

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