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Is it emo or prog? Be prepared to ask yourself that question upon hearing the 2007 release by the Jazz June, The Scars to Prove It. The Jazz June refuse to align themselves with either style, and the end result is a pretty darn fascinating amalgamation. What makes it all the more impressive is that Scars is not an actual studio release by the Philadelphia quartet; it's an odds-and-ends collection of live and unreleased tracks — which still manages to showcase the group's strengths splendidly. Cases in point: the part Sonic Youth/part Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd-esque "Lower East Side," the Middle Eastern prog indie rock funk workout (seriously!) "Nicaragua," and the brisk and speedy — and exceptionally titled — "Viva la Speed Metal." In an era when it appears as though many rock acts have forgotten you're supposed to put together a full album's worth of winners (not just a handful of singles mixed with filler), The Scars to Prove It shows that the Jazz June are not your average/ordinary band. Add to it a DVD of bonus footage, and you have a very impressively assembled package.


Formed: 1996 in Kutztown, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1996 in the diminutive Pennsylvania city of Kutztown around the talents of Andrew Low, Justin Max, Bryan Gassler, Adam Gerhart, and Daniel O'Neill, all of whom met at Kutztown University, hard-hitting emo-pop quintet the Jazz June employ a heady mix of punk-infused indie rock and emotionally charged post-rock, and became one of the leading lights of the burgeoning emo scene in the late '90s (falling somewhere between Sunny Day Real Estate and the Promise Ring) before calling it quits in...
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