^ abcdefghBlush, Steven (2001). American Hardcore: A Tribal History. New York: Feral House. p. 157. ISBN0-922915-71-7. „During the 'Revolution Summer' of '85 many harDCore types reinvented themselves. 'Emo,' for emotional post-Hardcore, described the move to softer, more emotive music, embodied in Ian [MacKaye]'s project Embrace, Brian Baker's Dag Nasty, Thomas Squip's Beefeater, Kingface with Mark Sullivan, Bobby Sullivan's Lunchmeat, and Rites of Spring with Guy Picciotto and Eddie Janney.”
^ abcGreenwald, p. 14. "Ian Mackaye was such a huge Rites of Spring fan that he not only recorded what was to be the band's only album in 1985 and served as a roadie for them while on tour, but his own new band, Embrace, explored similar themes of self-searching and emotional release. Other peers followed suit, including Grey Matter, the archly political and arty Beefeater, and Fire Party, whom Jenny [Toomey] termed 'the world's first female-fronted emo band.Format:' "
^Greenwald, p. 46. "What Braid did better than any other band of its era was truly live the egalitarian spirit of emo. If emo is, on one level, the ability to move from sympathy for song subjects to outright empathy, then Braid blurred the line even further, engendering empathy for itself."
^Nanna, Bob (in Zemler). "When we first started it was [that] we kind of said, 'Yeah, we're an emo band' because the bands we liked we thought were emo bands - like Jawbox or Fugazi. Then it kind of took on this negative context and it got used against us. Nowadays it's just a catch-all term and it doesn't really mean anything to me anymore."
^Huey, Steve. „Cap'n Jazz: Biography”. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p278933. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2009. „Short-lived but highly influential, Cap'n Jazz helped transform emo from a deeply underground punk subgenre into a more widely accepted subset of indie rock...along with Pinkerton-era Weezer, they helped shift emo's always-elusive musical focus from post-hardcore prog-punk to an arty but more accessible punk-pop.”
^Spinelli, Tom. „melodic.net: The Classic Crime - The Silver Cord”. melodic.net. http://www.melodic.net/reviewsOne.asp?revnr=6873. Accesat la 19 aprilie 2011. „"Alternative Emo rockers The Classic Crime have recently emerged from the studio with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Incubus, Story of the Year, Puddle of Mudd) with the release of their sophomore album out next week on Tooth and Nail Records, The Silver Cord and let me be the first to tell you its very promising...The Classic Crime shows us their growth and expansion of their sound out of the ordinary emo rock side."”
^Taylor, Jason D.. „Four Wall Blackmail - Dead Poetic | AllMusic”. AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/four-wall-blackmail-r588755/review. Accesat la 27 aprilie 2011. „Following in the footsteps of labelmates Embodyment, Dead Poetic's debut album is a spectacular emocore release that capitalizes on the emotional boom in a tremendous way...Some of Dead Poetic's largest assets are the vicious screams that supplement the desperation and sorrow that Rike emits from every pore in his body, giving the album enough edge to impress fans of hardcore as well as those more in touch with the tear-jerking emo of Dashboard Confessional.”
^Spencer, Josh; Lloyd, Shari and Stewart, James. „Dear Ephesus review by The Phantom Tollbooth”. The Phantom Tollbooth. http://www.tollbooth.org/reviews/deare.html. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2011. „"After listening to Dear Ephesus's full length debut many times, I've realized that it is the first emo-core album I have really liked (Spencer)...This album, like most emo, is characterized by more varied or complicated instrumentation than normal hardcore or punk and having emotional lyrics, the themes here are primarily about the relationship between God and man...Fans of other emo-bands, particularly Sunny Day Real Estate, Roadside Monument, Blenderhead, and Damian Jurado should enjoy this release (Lloyd)...We don't have many bands like this in the UK. Alternative rock here is still suffering under the weight of brit-pop and brit-rock sounds, and for anything more "alternative" you have to turn to the upsurge of metal bands in the underground. With this album we get passionate vocals, interesting guitar lines, and lots of distortion -- I'm told they call it emo. (Stewart)”
^Bogdanov, Woodstra, and Erlewineare, p. 320. "Washington, D.C.-based emo quartet the Dismemberment Plan...", "the Plan [...] are a fairly thrash-crazed example of what the term 'emo' used to mean. There aren't any apologetic weepouts, just calmer moments amidst pretty explosive performances."
^Johnson, Jared. „Tension - Dizmas | AllMusic”. AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/tension-r1059708. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2011. „"[Dizmas] stuck with a production mix that favored the guitar work of Jon T. Howard and Josh Zegan rather than the typical hardcore bass/drums emphasis. The result was a triumphantly intelligent hard rock record that wove together the emo-rock of Taking Back Sunday and Story of the Year with values-based lyricism."”
^Huey, Steve. „Drive Like Jehu: Biography”. Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p12820. Accesat la 1 octombrie 2008. „Drive Like Jehu had a tremendous impact on the evolution of hardcore punk into emo [...] The term 'emo' hadn't yet come into wider use, and while Drive Like Jehu didn't much resemble the sound that word would later come to signify, they exerted a powerful pull on its development. Moreover, they did fit the earlier definition of emo: challenging, intricate guitar rock rooted in hardcore and performed with blistering intensity, especially the frenzied vocals.”
^Prato, Greg. „A Burn or a Shiver [EMI] - Edison Glass”. AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-burn-or-a-shiver-emi-r833290/review. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2011. „"An emo-sounding band with complex instrumentation -- sounds familiar, eh? If you're a rock fan in the early 21st century, it certainly should, as it seems like just about every up-and-coming melodic rock band owed a thing or two to the aforementioned style/approach. And the Long Island, NY, outfit Edison Glass certainly fits this description on their 2006 debut, A Burn or a Shiver...While there is certainly a familiarity to the proceedings, such standout tracks as "Today Has Wings" and the album-opening "My Fair One" prove that Edison Glass is a cut above your average emo band."”
^Frias, Sherwin. „Jesusfreakhideout.com: Forever Changed, "The Existence EP" Review”. Jesus Freak Hideout. http://jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/TheExistenceEP.asp. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2011. „"Part of the seemingly endless barrage of emo bands to hit the scene lately, Florida's Forever Changed released their debut EP for Floodgate Records in 2004...The songs on this album follow the emo formula effortlessly, offering no surprises whatsoever. Everything you'd expect from an emo band is here, from the yearning vocals to the passionate, soaring choruses...Make no mistake, Forever Changed does emo well, but perhaps they stick to the formula a bit too closely for their own good...So what separates Forever Changed from the myriad of emo bands out there? Not much, really. As the similarity in band names suggests, Forever Changed comes across as nothing more than a Further Seems Forever clone in an increasingly crowded Christian emo genre...While nothing on this EP will make the listener throw out the CD in disgust, there may be enough ingredients in this release to suit avid emo fans who prefer no frills and a straightforward approach to their favorite genre."”
^Abebe, Nitsuh. „Review: Knocking the Skill Level”. Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r227297. Accesat la 31 iulie 2010. „Knocking the Skill Level is a volatile and immediately powerful blend of harder rock styles: musically, there are vague punk and hard rock touches in the angular indie guitar work, while the vocals and overall construction lean toward powerful and explosive emo structures.”
^ abcdefGreenwald, p. 40. "Bands that were lumped together in the emo camp back then [in the mid-1990s] varied wildly, much more so than today. The dominant sound was the melodic punk of the Promise Ring and Texas Is the Reason, but peers and tourmates like Karate, The Van Pelt, and especially Chicago's Joan of Arc played with elements of post-rock, including odd instrumentation and ample amounts of droning, wordless minor-key dirges. The Shyness clinic adored the Scottish noisemakers Mogwai, and emo mix tapes often included the Ivy League folk of New York city's Ida. At the Boston basement shows it wasn't uncommon to see the fresh-faced boys of Braid sharing the bill with the heavy rawk bombast of the Rye Coalition."
^ abGreenwald, p. 19. "Sunny Day Real Estate was emo's head and Jawbreaker its busted gut—they two overlapped in the heart, then broke up before they made it big. Each had a lasting impact on the world of independent music. The band shared little else but fans, and yet somehow the combination of the two lays down a fairly effective blueprint for everything that was labeled emo for the next decade."
^Greenwald, p. 20. "Spanning two coasts, three genres, countless throat polyps, and an entire generation of heartsick boys, Jawbreaker is the Rosetta Stone of contemporary emo."
^Smith, Brian A.. „Reviews of The Phantom Tollbooth”. The Phantom Tollbooth. http://www.tollbooth.org/2008/reviews/kids.html. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2011. „"Aggro meets emo on A Love Hate Masquerade, the latest from Kids in the Way. The first three songs here ("You Dream," "Better Times," and "The Innocence") are much more melodic than KITW's previous outputs, somewhat in the Good Charlotte/All-American Rejects area. Everything else is the same that we've grown to expect from this band: loud, aggressive in your face emocore that pounds you from beginning to end."”
^Mason, Stewart. „Falling Up | AllMusic”. AllMusic. http://allmusic.com/artist/falling-up-p640205/biography. Accesat la 27 aprilie 2011. „But where Kutless is a fairly standard-issue Christian gloss on metal-tinged emo, Falling Up has a more chart-oriented sound with strong electronica and hip-hop influences (including a full-time programmer and DJ in their early lineup) married to their nu-metal base.”
^Taylor, Josh. „Jesusfreakhideout.com: Letter Kills, "The Bridge" Review”. Jesus Freak Hideout. http://jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/TheBridge.asp. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2011. „"You can trace elements from many different emo/rock bands, but the best representation of their sound would be a direct mixture of Kids in the Way and Dead Poetic...Grinding guitars and Shelton’s emotional vocals lead the way through twelve tracks that at first listen may seem a bit repetitious, but after a few more spins, most every fan of emo, rock, alternative, and the like will find a new favorite in Letter Kills."”
^Wilson, MacKenzie. „Mae | AllMusic”. AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/mae-p553201/biography. Accesat la 21 aprilie 2011. „Boasting a sound that straddled the border of alternative rock and emo-pop, Mae (an acronym for Multisensory Aesthetic Experience) was formed in early 2001 by guitarist Matt Beck, drummer Jacob Marshall, bassist Mark Padgett, keyboardist Rob Sweitzer, and vocalist Dave Elkins.”
^Greenwald, pp. 40-41. "No band embodied [the mid-1990s emo] aesthetic more than Texas's Mineral, a quartet of deathly serious young men...In many ways, "If I Could" is the ultimate expression of mid-nineties emo. The song's short synopsis—she is beautiful, I am weak, dumb, and shy; I am alone but am surprisingly poetic when left alone—sums up everything that emo's adherents admired and its detractors detested."
^Huey, Steve. „Moss Icon: Biography”. Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p213800. Accesat la 31 iulie 2010. „Even more obscure than they were groundbreaking, Moss Icon was an early emo band whose music remains chiefly the province of hardcore collectors and underground historians. Whether that music directly influenced or simply presaged modern emo, Moss Icon's shifting dynamics, chiming guitar arpeggios, and screaming, crying vocal climaxes helped set the template for much of the emocore that followed in its wake.”
^Greenwald, p. 146. Format:" 'Absolutely, says [Ben] Holtzman. 'It's the depoliticization. I don't think there's anything not safe about [rising Long Island emo act] The Movielife.Format:' "
^Greenwald, pp. 127-128. Format:" 'I'm sick of smiling / and so is my jaw / can't you see my front is crumbling down?' asked the first song on Sticks and Stones, the New Found Glory album that stunned the world when debuted at number four in the summer of 2002. It's an interesting contradiction—the celebration of misery, the simultaneous privileging and subsuming of the self—but one that's pure emo, no matter what the band or its label says."
^Mason, Stewart. „The North Pole Project - Number One Gun | AllMusic”. AllMusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-north-pole-project-r1271408/review. Accesat la 22 aprilie 2011. „Three albums into a career is a bit early for a band to have settled into a formula, perhaps, but any fans of the first two albums by Christian emo outfit Number One Gun will find album number three, The North Pole Project, more of the same: melodic meat and potatoes alt rock with generally positive lyrics that nonetheless allow for some spiritual doubt...Highlights include the first single "Wake Me Up," which features the album's most immediately catchy chorus, the solo acoustic changeup "The Different Ones," and the atypical "This Holiday," which trades Schneeweis' familiar emo framework for a straight-up pop song.”
^Greenwald, p. 44. "[Nothing Feels Good] is the pinnacle of its generation of emo: a convergence of pop and punk, of resignation and celebration, of the lure of girlfriends and the pull of friends, bandmates, and the road."
^Mason, Stewart. „Review: A Retrospective”. Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r645041. Accesat la 31 iulie 2010. „Before the term got applied to every Weezer-lite band with guitars and a singer in nerd glasses, emo was an offshoot of hardcore punk (see Rites of Spring, early Fugazi, etc.). The short-lived Saetia, whose demo tape, single, LP, and one compilation track are collected on this 23-track, 73-minute disc, never forgot their history, and A Retrospective is emo at its purest ... a powerful slab of emo, and both an excellent starting point for newcomers to the genre, and an essential document for fans.”
^Nash, Len. „A Review of The Phantom Tollbooth”. The Phantom Tollbooth. http://www.tollbooth.org/2004/reviews/sherwood.html. Accesat la 22 aprilie 2011. „Sherwood a five-piece emo band brings together a good work ethic, with all their spare time to help this band grow. Listening to their Self-Titled EP shows a solid emo sound that reinforces this. Passion, a little bit of an umphta, and not whiny emo. Sherwood's emo takes a serious band that meshes Mae with Further Seems Forever. If emo keeps on going, expect to see Sherwood rise.”
^Monger, James Christopher. „Lost in the Sound of Separation - Underoath | AllMusic”. http://allmusic.com/album/lost-in-the-sound-of-separation-r1413626/review. Accesat la 22 aprilie 2011. „2006's Define the Great Line proved to be a turning point for faith-based, post-hardcore/screamo outfit Underoath. While the tendency to dissolve into the abyss of angtsy emo-pop was still there, there was a darkness lurking in the nooks and crannies between the crackling snare hits and heavy "drop-d" riffing that hinted at a little pre-evolution, a notion that comes to fruition with their sixth studio record and fourth for Solid State (the metal subdivision of Tooth & Nail Records).”
^Montgomery, James (25 octombrie 2004). „The Argument: Weezer Are the Most Important Band of the Last 10 Years”. MTV. http://www.mtv.com/bands/w/weezer/news_feature_102504/. Accesat la 23 martie 2009. „Weezer were an introductory course in all things indie and emo...with their second album, 1996's Pinkerton, Weezer took those wide-eyed kids and shoved them face-first into a whole new genre of music: emo...Weezer were by no means the first modern 'indie band'; they weren't even on an indie label. Nor were they the first 'emo' act (that was probably Washington, D.C.'s Rites of Spring). But they did perfect both genres — and made them both accessible to the masses.”
^Frias, Sherwin. „Jesusfreakhideout.com: Watashi Wa, "The Love Of Life" Review”. Jesus Freak Hideout. http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/TheLoveOfLife.asp. Accesat la 22 aprilie 2011. „Watashi Wa, an alternative pop/emo band on Tooth & Nail, offers one of the best examples that Christian emo can be done - and done well...What distinguishes this album from typical emo fare, however, is the unabashedly optimistic view on love and life that primary singer/songwriter Seth Roberts displays. While secular emo bands such as Saves the Day, Brand New and Fall Out Boy mask their lyrical anguish with likeable melodies, this album is literally as sweet as it sounds.”
^Mason, Stewart. „Review: You and I”. Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r731674. Accesat la 31 iulie 2010. „Also unofficially known as 'Discography,' this 24-track CD collects everything the defunct emo band You and I did except for their sole long-playing album, The Curtain Falls. All recorded in 1997 and 1998 but released piecemeal on a variety of singles and EPs over the following years, these songs are an early example of the often-misguided mix of hardcore and emo called 'screamo.'”