Mesa, AZ emo-rockers Jimmy Eat World have been going strong since the late-’90s, churning out album after painstakingly confessional album, even as band members approach middle age. The group’s 2001 posi-pop single “The Middle” was met with mainstream love, but the band has since settled back into an indie existence. The journey has imbued Jimmy Eat World’s music with a sense of prudence; the latest LP, Damage, is a sure-footed (dare we say mature?) thing. Opener Matt Pond is similarly seasoned, having consistently traversed melodic, wistful pop-folk terrain since 1998. Formerly known as Matt Pond PA, his band—which features guitarist and noted studio engineer Chris Hansen and bassist Tierney Tough, of Orlando hotshots the Pauses—is airtight and tender in all the right places.
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