Best Revival of a Microscene

Emo circa 2010 will no longer be defined by tween mallrats caked in goth makeup. Taking notes from the genre’s first and second waves, kids around the country are reinventing emo for a new generation of basement-dwelling punk rockers. Bands like Philly’s Algernon Cadwallader and Michigan’s unfortunately named Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) have gained substantial exposure in national punk circles, and the D.C. area has its fair share of emo upstarts. There are bands like Monument, a quartet that must have taken copious notes while listening the Promise Ring’s 30 Degrees Everywhere and Braid’s Frame & Canvas, and fine lines, an act that invokes the sound, spirit, and determination of Rites of Spring. Like many of the adored emo acts of the ’80s and ’90s, these bands are doing their thing without too many people noticing...for now.