Davey Von Bohlen Might Be Rock's Cleverest Lyricist

Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Milwaukee supergroup Maritime, which merged emo cheerleaders the Promise Ring and the Dismemberment Plan, are blessing us with their newest album, Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones on Oct. 16 via Dangerbird. A standout trait of this band is the way Davey Von Bohlen manipulates language. He is their resident cunning linguist who loves to tinker with semantics and sentence structure. Here are some of our favorite verses of his:   “Light You Up” (Maritime, Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones):... READ MORE

Album Review - Braid, 'No Coast'

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music BraidNo CoastTopshelf “I don’t want to have to defend my medicine,” sings Bob Nanna on “Light Crisis,” which appears on the first full-length Braid album in 16 years. It’s a rattling but familiar taste of emo that hasn’t gotten stale. Just in time for the revival of the genre that the Midwest outfit had a hand in popularizing, No Coast delivers 12 timeless tracks. It’s a reunion record that doesn’t reek of a money grab. The helix guitars and... READ MORE

Where Are the Women in the Emo Revival?

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Industry Upon receiving word that heart-on-sleeve heavyweights Jimmy Eat World were reissuing many of their classic albums on vinyl this summer, it made us aware that the rumors behind the Great Emo Revival were true. (And it’s not just because this writer realized a girlhood dream of meeting Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba this year at a Twin Forks show.) Yet for all the hoopla over Braid’s reunion or the reverence of the epically named the World Is... READ MORE

Cry havoc and let emo rule again

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:58 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Dashboard Confessional in concert circa 2007. Photo by Melissa Bobbitt Perhaps my generation is having a hard time admitting we're turning 30. We're no longer cool (instead of consciously Through Being Cool). We are now those "old" weirdos at concerts that saunter into the venue 10 minutes before showtime instead of proving our fandom by lining up in the wee hours to get a front-row spot at a GA gig. (My posse and I used to... READ MORE