Jimmy Eat World at the National 

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Led by frontman Jim Adkins, Mesa, Ariz.-based band Jimmy Eat World is one of the first groups to propagate the double-edged sword of emo rock out of the underground and into a greater public awareness. The band hit its creative stride with its landmark album “Clarity,” and went on to hit platinum status with its commercial breakthrough, “Bleed American,” and the pop power chords of hit single, “The Middle.” Armed with up-tempo punk energy, layered, hook-laden melodies and heart-tugging, anthem-shouting lyrics, the band is a genre forefather that consistently demonstrates its mastery of a sound that so many younger artists fail to imitate. On the road in support of its latest album, “Invented,” Jimmy Eat World is scheduled to perform at the National on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. $20-$25. 612-1900. — Mike Hilleary

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