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Yellowcard w/ What's Eating Gilbert 

When: Thu., Feb. 6 2014

acoustic pop-punk, 8 p.m.

With a sound that’s built around a violin, Yellowcard is quirkier than nearly all of their emo peers. Though the members of Yellowcard write extremely catchy songs, there’s also a sophistication to their music that’s become more apparent over time (even though violinist Sean Mackin’s role hasn’t increased). The Jacksonville act got its start in 1997 with Midget Tossing before frontman Ben Dobson and guitarist Todd Clarry were replaced by singer/guitarist Ryan Key, who helped the band transition from a hardcore act to punk-pop one. Eventually, the fellows in Yellowcard moved to Los Angeles, recorded an album and an EP, and then signed to Capitol Records for their 2003 platinum-selling breakout, Ocean Avenue. Despite richly layered arrangements, the album possesses a briskness and warmth that’s approachable. Their 2006 follow-up, Lights and Sounds, is even more produced. The quintet’s tighter after two years of non-stop touring, but the disc lacks its predecessor’s crackle. By the time of 2007’s Paper Walls, sentimental self-indulgence had made the music soggy in spots. Perhaps sensing this, the quintet took a break before reuniting on an indie label for 2011’s When You’re Through Thinking Say Yes and 2012’s Southern Air. The band is currently celebrating Ocean Avenue’s 10th anniversary by playing it acoustically in its entirety. —Chris Parker THURSDAY

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