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August 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM
With the grunge era in its rear-view, early-2000s Seattle quietly fostered a close-knit community of hard-working, über-sincere indie-rock outfits like The Murder City Devils, Juno, a then-fledgling band called Death Cab for Cutie — and the recently-reformed Waxwing, who play Saturday at the Vera Project. (more…)
July 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Jimmy Eat World has never been the most complex band, or the hippest, or biggest-selling. Its jangle-pop sound isn’t timeless, or particularly influential. Its output since 2001’s “Bleed American” and its feel-good mega-hit “The Middle” has been a bit, well, middle-of-the-road.
Yet the almost-full room Monday at Seattle’s jumbo-sized Showbox SoDo proved that while the Mesa, Arizona foursome’s commercial peak might have passed, they’re far from forgotten. (more…)
June 11, 2013 at 8:15 AM
Jimmy Eat World’s eighth full-length “Damage,” out Tuesday, proves even-keeled bands can, and should, stay together.
Initially associated with the late-‘90s emo-core scene (anyone remember The Get Up Kids?), time and context have reserved a relevant place for the Mesa, Arizona foursome’s earnest guitar-pop.
While “Damage” might not have the immediacy or scope of 1996’s bracing “Static Prevails” and 2001’s platinum smash “Bleed American,” its ten songs feature crisp, stripped-down production and some of the group’s better melodies in years. (more…)
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