Third Eye Blind at the National

Led by frontman Stephan Jenkins, San Francisco's Third Eye Blind became a staple of '90s radio, juxtaposing the somber introspection of the post-grunge scene with a tendency for far brighter hooks, drawing influence from more classic arena rock. With a string of singles such as “Semi-Charmed Life,” “How's It Going to Be,” “Jumper” and “Never Let You Go,” the band's self-titled debut and follow-up, “Blue” went on to achieve a great deal of commercial success. Though the quartet would lose a bit of steam when its third release got lost in a marketing shuffle during a record label merger (followed by a lengthy bout of writer's block by Jenkins), the group has spent its interim years touring behind established hits and releasing a best-of compilation. In what seems to be a likely return to form, Third Eye Blind finally has something new for its patient fans. Touring behind the long-awaited fourth album “Ursa Major,” Third Eye Blind performs at the National on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. $25-$28. 612-1900. — Mike Hilleary


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