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It’s the summer of ’98: The girls are wearing capri pants with argyle socks, the boys are adopting that black-dyed shotgun haircut all the girls used to sport, and everyone’s rocking Braid’s Frame and Canvas. Along with fellow indie-pop superstars Jimmy Eat World and the Promise Ring, the Illinois-based quartet wrote the book on math/emo-rock. Yet sadder than the then-burgeoning genre’s signature bittersweet lyrics is the fate it suffered at the hands of Father Time. As every mop-headed Poetry Club geek with an ex-girlfriend and a guitar expressed his suffering, it all started rolling downhill. Is respectability only a reunion away? Naturally, singer and guitarist Chris Broach says, “Yeah!” Find out if time heals all wounds when the recently re-formed Braid performs with Minus the Bear and Murder by Death at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Matthew Borlik)