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Thursday, ‘No Devolución’ (Epitaph)

Back when 2003’s War All the Time landed Geoff Rickley on the cover of this magazine, Thursday were the kings of the now-shuttered intellectual wing of emo. But being abandoned by their genre has freed the Jersey punks to do whatever they want. Again working with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann, they graft 4AD atmospherics (“A Darker Forest”), frosty power-pop hooks (“Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart”), and Mogwai pedal-effects crescendos (“Stay True”) onto their post-hardcore template, which now churns even more fiercely with an expanded palette.