Jimmy Eat World shouldn't get dinged for the ostensibly presumptuous title of their new album and first in three years, Invented.
In the minds of the many, the Arizona quartet did pioneer its brand of radio-friendly emo-rock -- taut and anthemic guitar music with an honesty that's more a tool for empowerment than an vehicle for wallowing. A decade and a half after they started, the marketplace teeming with eyelinered copycats, Jim Adkins and mates still have a lot to say.
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Invented, which marks the return of the band's collaboration with producer Mark Trombino (who did Static Prevails, Clarity and Bleed American), won't want to make you slap any self-absorbed mall punks around. We have to agree with what New York magazine said about the crackling first single "My Best Theory" -- that it "reminds us that emo used to actually rock, not whine."
Supported by We Were Promised Jetpacks, Jimmy Eat World hits the Wiltern Theatre tonight.
Elsewhere: Surfer Blood, still circling the U.S. fueled by the buzz of its debut Astro Coast, visits the Music Box, with the Drums opening. ... Alan Parsons visits the Grammy Museum for a Q&A and a rare performance featuring himself on lead vocals. ... And the Hounds Below -- the new project from the Jason Stollsteimer of The Von Bondies -- play the Bootleg Theater with Big Black Delta and Nightmare & the Cat.
Also: Dukes of September Rhythm Revue (Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Skaggs) at the Greek Theatre; UB40 at the House of Blues; Buck 65 at the Troubadour; Ely Guerra at the Roxy; the Felice Brothers at the Echo; Ballerina Black at the Viper Room; Deakin (of Animal Collective) and Sun Araw at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts; Ana Caravelle at Low End Theory at the Airliner; Sarah Harmer at Spaceland; WPA (Sean Watkins and Glenn Phillips) at the Hotel Cafe; Electric Touch and Radio Freq at the Silverlake Lounge; Jason Simon of Dead Meadow at 3 Clubs; Pop Noir at Bardot; Cosmic Trigger at the Cat Club; and the Black Apples and Ex-Detectives at Echo Curio.