Talented singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews began playing guitar and writing her own original songs while just a teenager in Phoenix, and she began performing live before graduating high school. Soon enough Andrews (above, performing “Table for One” live in studio for KEXP FM) became a backup singer and session guitarist for numerous artists, including the likes of Damien Jurado and Jimmy Eat World. But thanks to her own work, combining country, folk and pop, she’s earned the reputation of a songwriter’s songwriter. Andrews’ most recent release, Honest Life (stream it below)—which she considers a coming-of-age record—came out last year. It’s “an album at once elegant and deeply moving,” said Paste in a review comparing her to Emmylou Harris and Neko Case. “They’re excellent songs, expertly written, but Andrews’ voice is what makes them unforgettable.” Experience that voice live when Courtney Marie Andrews plays the early show on Monday night at Mercury Lounge.
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Jimmy Eat World – The Wellmont Theatre – June 4, 2011
Sometimes even the bands that have been around for years can still surprise their fans. On Saturday night, Jimmy Eat World did just that. “This is the 10-year anniversary of Bleed American, so we’re just gonna go ahead and play that for you now,” said lead singer Jim Adkins two songs into the set at The Wellmont Theatre. Since the band made such a big deal when they toured for the 10th anniversary of another one of their widely revered albums, Clarity, this off-the-cuff announcement was a pleasant surprise.
Although the band plays a large amount of Bleed American at most of their shows (it was the album that launched them into the mainstream), the decision to play the whole thing start to finish let the rarely played tracks from the disc, like “If You Don’t, Don’t,” “Cautioners” and “My Sundown,” finally see the light of day. Thousands of twentysomethings, who had probably first seen Jimmy Eat World on MTV when the videos for this album’s singles were all over Total Request Live, screamed along with the cavernous Wellmont Theatre amplifying their collective voice and adding a little something special to the performance.
After leaving the stage upon completing the eleven tracks, Jimmy Eat World swiftly returned as Adkins said, “Of course we’re going to play more!” Having already played encore mainstays like “The Middle” and “Sweetness,” the band was able to close out the show with a healthy mix of songs from four of their five other albums, including last year’s Invented. —Sean O’Kane
Photos courtesy of Brian C. Reilly | www.briancreilly.com
Jimmy Eat World – Terminal 5 – October 13, 2010
Fresh off the release of their sixth full-length studio album, Invented, post-millennial rockers Jimmy Eat World mixed staples of their discography with a few new looks at Terminal 5 last night. From the first note it was clear that singer Jim Adkins and the band were willing to dig deep to fill out the set, starting with the title track from their third album, Bleed American, and then moving back in time with “Your New Aesthetic,” from their second album, Clarity. As the new material surfaced, so did a female backup singer, a first for the always-four-strong band.
Courtney Marie Andrews, who sings on Invented, added a depth that the band’s live show normally covers up with their energetic performance. Just how much she meant was shown as she returned for a few older songs that have always lacked the vocal treatment given on the recordings. The crowd roared for songs off of the two albums that precede Invented, shouting along with “Futures” and “Big Casino.” As the set wound down, the lights hit the disco ball hanging above the crowd just in time for the dreamy “Hear You Me,” turning Terminal 5 into a high school dance. As Jimmy Eat World always does, they saved the biggest hits for last, sending everyone home happy with an encore of the longer-form “23” and mega-singles “Pain,” “The Middle,” and, of course, “Sweetness.” —Sean O’Kane
Photos courtesy of Greg Notch | notch.org
Jimmy Eat World has been putting out quality music since 1994, and the band’s newest album, Invented, came out just two weeks ago. The quartet from Mesa, Ariz., plays two shows this week at Terminal 5. Thursday’s show is sold out, but tickets remain for tomorrow’s. In the meantime, try to win one of two limited-edition autographed “My Best Theory”/“Stop” 7″ singles by entering below. Just fill out the form, giving your name, e-mail address, what you’re trying to win (Jimmy Eat World Autographed Single) and a brief message explaining what you like so much about Jimmy Eat World. Two winners will be notified by Thursday.
Jimmy Eat World plays Terminal 5 twice in October. Tickets remain for the first show, on 10/13, but the second one, on 10/14, is sold out. The Mesa, Ariz., quartet will be touring behind their seventh album, Invented, which comes out next Tuesday. But the band was kind enough to offer up three songs—“My Best Theory,” “Movielike” and “Stop”—for your streaming pleasure.