There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Not that it hasn’t been there the whole time, but it took a regroup session with the Promise Ring to refocus my aging eyes on the emocore scene. Now it seems the genre’s bands are running sprints to line up in front of my wide-open peepers. Braid is the latest to come into view, despite the fact that its new album, Frame and Canvas, is its third full-length and its 22nd recorded appearance overall. Recalling the melodic, dense, sprawling punk ‘n’ roll of caP’n Jazz, Braid’s music is all surging dynamics and passionate vocals. Don’t be taken in by the deceptively loose sound that producer J. Robbins gives Frame and Canvas; as of Feb. 1, Braid has played 353 shows in its four-year existence. Let the very tight Braid unwind your mind with Compound Red, the Elusive, and Sarge at 9 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $8.50. (202) 518-7900. (Christopher Porter)