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Sunday, October 25, 2009

10/27: Third Eye Blind at HOB

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 8:00 AM

There’s no way around it: The super-huge hooks that power Third Eye Blind’s fourth album, and first in six years, are kinda awesome. We were all set to hate on Ursa Major but were eventually won over by those big, crunchy, mid-’90s alt-rockers. There’s also no way around something else: Frontman Stephan Jenkins is one of the biggest jackasses in music. A self-righteous misogynist who’s sung about being on the receiving end of blowjobs since the band’s first hit in 1997, Jenkins — now in his mid 40s — still comes off like the guy Matthew McConaughey played in Dazed and Confused (you know, the dude who likes hanging around high schools because while he gets older, the girls “stay the same age”). But unlike Eminem’s homicidal fantasies or Bruce Springsteen’s working-man blues, this is no character for Jenkins: He dated singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton when he was 40 and she was 24, and similar high-fiving bro bullshit is all over Ursa Major. Still, the guy sure knows how to write songs that get stuck in your head. Hate the messenger, not the songs. Third Eye Blind play House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583) at 8:30 p.m. Hot Chelle Ray open. Tickets: $28.50 advance, $31 day of show. — Michael Gallucci

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