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Third Eye Blind 

When: Wed., Feb. 8 2012
Price: $30, $25 (adv.)
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I was nine years old when Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut took over my world for six months in 1997. Their breakout hit “Semi-Charmed Life” was the perfect synthesis of all that was ’90s alternative rock, and since nine-year-olds in 1997 listened exclusively to alternative rock, it worked out pretty well for them. The album went platinum six times, with the help of “Jumper,” the catchiest song about suicide ever written, and “How’s It Going to Be.” Their much-anticipated response, 1999’s Blue, never had a chance after the massive success of their first album. I bought it the day it came out, listened to it for two weeks straight, and really liked about half of it. They had another big hit with “Never Let You Go,” which might have been the worse song on the album (the best track, “Darkness,” while super-depressing, is actually quite pretty). Things got murky after Blue. The band dismissed guitarist and co-songwriter Kevin Cadogan (he later sued frontman Stephan Jenkins and the group for wrongful termination and songwriting royalties). They’ve since released two full-length albums, 2003’s Out of the Vein and 2009’s Ursa Major. A new album is in the works. Jenkins and company — including original drummer Brad Hargreaves — have been touring hard for years. At the Music Farm, they’ll certainly be called on to play old favorites, but it’ll be interesting to see what they’ve come up with recently as well.
— Jared Booth
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