Jimmy Eat World at First Avenue, 7/8/2013

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Jimmy Eat World with X Ambassador
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Monday, July 8, 2013

"Thank you guys so much, First Avenue. God damn, we love this place," Jimmy Eat World's lead singer Jim Adkins expressed from the stage on Monday night. The men of Jimmy Eat World look like your average guys, but don't let that fool you. These men sure know how to rock. For a band that is known to the general public for their one hit from a decade ago, they also know how to pack a room on a Monday night when people have to go to work the next day.

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What sets Jimmy Eat World apart from all of these other dudes in bands? For one, they act as one cohesive machine when onstage. With a new album in hand, the band introduced some new pieces and fit in some old ones to keep the crowd excited. When an audience member asked for them to play all of their songs, Adkins replied, "You don't want to hear all of our songs." Maybe we do, Jim.

"Appreciation," the opening track off the new album Damage, was not entirely a deviation from the band's original sound, but also showed the band heading in a new direction. Although written in 2008, "Work" had the feeling of a song steeped in the '90s grunge era, filling the whole room with the nostalgia of being a teenager again. Perhaps that's why Jim said that the evening was "sweatin' to the oldies."

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Quickly introducing a song by saying that a U.K. magazine asked them to cover the piece, Adkins dismissed the story until afterward, leading into an unrecognizable-until-the-chorus rendition of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." As if in defense of playing such a popular song, Jim moved into the story of taking his eight-year-old to see Swift, because "Eight-year-olds love that shit. I was amazed by her professionalism. It was different. It was fun."

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