Jimmy Eat World w/ Flashlights

When: Wed., Dec. 11 2013

8 p.m., $26/adv., $30/door

Out of all the acts to emerge from the early ’90s emo scene, Jimmy Eat World is the last band standing while similarly minded acts Get Up Kids, The Promise Ring, and Saves the Day faltered. Unlike those bands, the guys in Jimmy Eat World built an enduring fanbase out of their breakthrough 2001 release Bleed American. For the last few records, they’ve chased different iterations of the same hooky sound, from 2004’s dark Futures to 2007’s radio-ready Chase the Light and 2010’s singer-songwriter-influenced Invented. The band’s latest, Damage, is a polished-but-still-punchy breakup album that strives toward greater maturity. Like the music, the subject matter’s more befitting a legacy artist than a young turk. “It’s important to be honest and look at the world as it is,” says frontman Jim Adkins. “Singing about the discovery of relationships — it’s just not interesting for me anymore, and I don’t think it would be believable.” That honesty and commitment to growth has kept Jimmy Eat World relevant for two decades and counting. —Chris Parker

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