About a year ago Brent Cayson got the idea to launch a DJ series focused on emo, and he’s since made the Burlington the home for his (mostly) monthly Emo Night. On Thursday Cayson takes over the Burlington’s back room for a live show—an unofficial pre-Riot Fest party that he’s dubbed “Cool for One Night.” Three local emo bands will play, and first on the bill is a young act called Forfeit.

Forfeit blend shoegaze with raw 90s-style emo, and when these two sounds coalesce at the end of “Drought” (from June’s Some Things Just Fall Apart EP), you can get a taste of the luminescent frisson that’s sustained emo for decades as a beguiling force within punk, despite its flaws. “Drought” is a bitter breakup song, and the unvarnished bleating that passes for singing puts some heart into its story of summer love gone wrong. Tense and rough around the edges, it’s not for fans even a little squeamish about emo’s excesses.

Chicago emo stalwart Matthew Frank (of Lifted Bells, Their/They’re/There, and Recreational Drugs) recorded and mixed Some Things Just Fall Apart. Frank will be in the house Thursday, headlining Cool for One Night with Lifted Bells (Regular Oatmeal plays second). Three guests will help Cayson DJ the Burlington’s front room: the Academy Is . . . bassist Adam Siska, former Spitalfield front man Mark Rose, and Lifted Bells and Braid front man Bob Nanna. The show starts at 8 PM.