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30 Essential Songs From The Golden Era Of Emo

With pop culture moving in 20-year cycles, it isn't surprising you are hearing a lot of talk about '90s bands right now and their impact. For music snobs, the mid '90s weren't just about grunge, R&B and disposable pop.

Bridging the gap between punk and hardcore, with a heavy focus on real-life emotions, the term emo got tacked on to bands that ranged from late comers like My Chemical Romance to influential bands like Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate and even Weezer. For many, the label emo has negative connotations about teenagers with bad haircuts, jeans that were too tight and heart-on-your sleeve lyrics, but the roots of the genre go much deeper and continue to have a profound impact on the music scene.

Chronicling the golden era of emo (1994-2002), Stereogum's Patrick Fallon selects 30 essential songs that helped shape the genre. As with any music-related list, there will be lots of debate about which acts should have been included and which ones should have been omitted. Fans, critics and bands have always had a difficult time drawing boundaries about which groups were part of the movement and which ones were not.

Our 25 Favorite Unlocked New Yorker Articles

Normally tucked behind a paywall, the New Yorker has lifted restrictions on access to articles published since 2007. That's a huge break for those who haven't bought into the subscription model the magazine has been using. While you can obviously dig around the archives for articles that may interest you, the editors over at have spent some time compiling their favourite unlocked articles. From how Taylor Swift turned teen angst into a business empire to the traumatized veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to the prison industrial complex, there is a diverse range of thought-provoking pieces to add to your summer reading list.

Video of the Week: Keys N Krates - I Just Can't Deny

Since 2008, Toronto's Key N Krates have been on a mission to redefine the way that hip hop and electronic music are performed live. Signed to Steve Aoki's Dim Mak label, they've been turning heads with their genre-bending live sets that work equally well in a small, sweaty nightclub as at a massive festival. Anchored by the versatile beats of drummer Adam Tune, the slick synthesizer work of David Matisse and the lightning-quick turntable skills of Jr. Flo, Keys N Krates effortless moves between down-and-dirty trap beats, smooth R&B hooks and hands-in-the-air hip hop. No strangers to Winnipeg, the group will be back in town this week to perform at Union Sound Hall on Thursday, July 31. Opening duties will handled by local DJ Drux.

Stream of the Week: Rustie - Attak [ft. Danny Brown]

Teaming up with Detroit troublemaker Danny Brown on his second single, Attak, Glasgow's Rustie has just the right mastery of punchy 808 drums and hypercolour synths to match with the Motor City MC's style. Busy on the festival circuit this summer, Brown will make his first appearance in Winnipeg on Aug. 8 at Union Sound Hall.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 31, 2014 ??65522


Updated on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:23 AM CDT: Fixes headline, adds links, adds video

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