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Back in the spring of 1998, a little Silicon Prairie band called Braid unleashed Frame and Canvas, its third full-length LP, and indie music devotees soon realized this album was nothing short of a tour de force that dwarfed their first two.  Pairing abrasively intricate guitar patterns against the dueling high-versus-low vocal harmonies of Bob Nanna and Chris Broach, they crafted a record that distilled the sound and imagery of the Midwest into a 12-song snapshot of working-class love and loss.

Jump ahead 16 years, and Frame and Canvas’ influence is still tangible, inspiring a new scene of early twentysomethings looking to prove that the spirit of the ‘90s is alive and kicking. It also helps that Braid has a new album out, No Coast, and while they’ve been mostly absent for over a decade, the emo OGs—as everyone seems to be calling them nowadays—haven’t strayed too far from their roots. Produced by Will Yip—if you’re a fan of Philly music, and you haven’t heard of him by now, it’s probably too late to ask—No Coast puts less focus on spastic time signature fluctuations and instead opts for textured melodic hooks that signify equal parts growth and rebirth.  Despite its members pushing 40, there’s a constant youthful energy in Braid songs. Come bear witness, as they’ve not one, but two gigs at Boot & Saddle—an all-ages matinee with a 3:30pm showtime, followed by a 21-and-over encore later in the evening. // J.A.

3:30 and 8:30pm. $20. With A Great Big Pile Of Leaves + Marietta. The Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St. 267.639.4528. bootandsaddlephilly.com
 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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1131 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 07/27/2014. .

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