Jimmy Eat World - Central Park Summerstage - 8/7/13

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Better Than: Only screaming along to tracks from Bleed American in the comfort of your parents' car.

Andrew McMahon once sang "it's to Jimmy Eat World and those nights in my car" in the eight minute epic titled "Konstantine" that would become his band Something Corporate's most important and defining track. In that lyric, McMahon embodied the sentiments of millions of teenagers whose high school years were defined by emo anthems of heartbreak and disillusionment that have never faded. Singing that lyric helped McMahon create a new soundtrack to those memories and drove home that Jimmy Eat World is probably your favorite band's favorite band. They're the kings of the emo scene and the forefathers of early millennium power pop with chunky guitar riffs that attempt to remain just as loud as the amped emotions of their lyrics.

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Butch Vig On Nevermind, Siamese Dream, Garbage, And His History Of Shaping Alternative Rock As We Know It

If you don't think Butch Vig's almost singlehandedly invented two decades of alternative rock as we know it, just look at his resumé: Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, AFI. That's without mentioning his membership in the still-cool Garbage or the fact he produced a little generational totem called Nevermind. From grunge to "electronica" to emo, he's probably building someone's entire adolescence from scratch as we speak. He free-associated for Village Voice about some of his biggest hits, underrated discoveries and Garbage's own new album Not Your Kind of People, which drops this week.

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Live: Jimmy Eat World Reprise Clarity at Terminal 5

all photos by Rebecca Smeyne

If you were cynical you might say that Jimmy Eat World, who took the stage at Terminal 5 last night in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their 1999 album Clarity, were dropping their Foo Fighters-covering-the Outfield radio rock of recent days to cash in on the relatively recent, rapacious phenomenon of nostalgia touring. But let's be cautious: Even then, Jimmy Eat World looked like a bunch of dudes who'd just stumbled out of a Saturday night bowling league at Kingpins. They've always sounded like the Foo Fighters covering the Outfield. And besides, if you were cynical, it would beg the question as to why the fuck you were at a Jimmy Eat World show in the first place.

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