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When: Sat., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Over the past five years, the new underground emo community has revived that subspecies of melodic posthardcore driven by cycling guitars and accented with caterwauling vocals, but some bands were carrying a torch for emo’s mid-90s second wave long before the current scene gained steam in the late aughts. Tokyo four-piece Toe, for example: since forming in 2000 they’ve been playing a gorgeous, largely instrumental hybrid of postrock and emo with complex, interlocking guitar patterns indebted to the various bands on the Kinsella family tree. This summer Boston label Topshelf, which has helped fourth-wave emo outgrow its DIY roots, reissued Toe’s discography in a vinyl box set, which sold out in a matter of hours (the whole collection is streaming on Topshelf’s Bandcamp page). I’d suggest that newcomers to Toe work backward from 2012’s The Future Is Now, a tight EP with touches of math-rock and flamenco guitar. The band excels at fast-paced, complicated material, but I prefer the more serene stuff—“Ordinary Days” feels like a stroll through the park in the starlight. —Leor Galil CSTVT and Victor Villarreal open.

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