Monday, November 10, 2008

'Clarity' Turns 10, World Celebrates

Most cynics wrongfully brush aside Jimmy Eat World as "that band who wrote that song." (Or more recently, as puppy riders.) They're generally known in the mainstream for their 2001 hit "The Middle" and its underwear-tastic accompanying video. But to me, and thousands of other fans who see them as a flagship band for modern emo, their shining moment is the 1999 album Clarity. It's a remarkable collection of music that conveys all the feelings of a generation unsure of their surroundings or their future. An absolute commercial failure at the time of its release, it's gradually become a hugely influential work in the ten years since: A recent SPIN article polled members of 17 bands ranging from Fall Out Boy to Yellowcard, all of whom cited Jim Adkins' writing and performance on the record as a primary influence, while ALTERNATIVE PRESS noted "Clarity would later become one of the most beloved emo albums of the '90s."

You can imagine my excitement upon reading today's news that the band will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the classic album by playing it in its entirety for 10 one-time-only shows.
Beginning February 23 in New York City and concluding March 7 in the band's native Arizona, the dates are as follows:

Feb 23 Terminal 5 New York NY
Feb 24 930 Club Washington DC
Feb 25 Trocadero Theater Philadelphia PA
Feb 26 House of Blues Boston MA
Feb 28 Metro Chicago IL
Mar 2 Ogden Theatre Denver CO
Mar 4 The Fillmore San Francisco CA
Mar 5 Club Nokia Los Angeles CA
Mar 6 House of Blues San Diego CA
Mar 7 Marquee Theatre Tempe AZ

Dates via Nasty Little Man PR.

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