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ACL Fest Band of the Day: Jimmy Eat World

Eric Webb

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 22, 2013

From: Mesa, Ariz.

ACL Fest set: 2:30 p.m. Friday, Samsung Galaxy

In 50 words or less: Well, you’ve heard modern rock institution “The Middle” because you are aware of the existence of music. But Jimmy Eat World, those stalwart paragons of straightlaced early-2000s emo, are still plugging along and released LP Damage just this year. Their output has gradually lost the heart-on-sleeve chutzpah of “Bleed American” and “Work” and now dangerously flirts with dad-rock, but the band still knows their way around a live show. Their Friday set promises good vibes from fiercely devoted old school Clarity fans and radio hit chorus-shouters alike.

Could share a bill with: Sunny Day Real Estate, Death Cab for Cutie, Brand New, David Bazan

Class act: Out of concerns the title might be misinterpreted, Jimmy Eat World’s breakout 2001 album Bleed American was re-issued as a self-titled album following the September 11th terror attacks.