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Jimmy Eat World, Royal Bangs Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. 2013

Arizona band Jimmy Eat World are one of the dark horses of the second wave of emo. At the end of the 90s they’d been dropped by Capitol and seemed doomed to be second-stringers forever, but in late 2001 a song called “The Middle,” from their recent album Bleed American (which they’d financed in part with day jobs), became an unexpected hit and rock-radio staple, turning these regular joes into whatever passed for rock stars 12 years ago. Ever since then Jimmy Eat World have reliably delivered sweetly sincere pop-rock albums good for a few solid songs apiece, though they’ve yet to exceed Bleed American (retitled Jimmy Eat World after September 11) or 1999’s cultishly beloved Clarity. The recent Damage (RCA) continues in that vein: the tracks strong enough to outlast the album cycle include the slow-burning “Byebyelove,” which has the same kind of epic, sweeping guitar that made Clarity’s “Goodbye Sky Harbor” so great. —Leor Galil Royal Bangs open.

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