“Semi-Charmed Life,” Third Eye Blind’s most popular song, is a dated period piece that transports nostalgic listeners back to the summer of 1997.
Yet unlike many aging ensembles that are remembered for similarly outmoded hits, Third Eye Blind isn’t performing for gradually diminishing audiences on the demeaning oldies circuit dominated by over-the-hill alternative rock bands. Instead, Third Eye Blind has thrived while its contemporaries have faltered.
Casual observers probably don’t realize that the gaudy pop clichés of “Semi-Charmed Life” are an aberration. The San Francisco band led by Stephan Jenkins has a deep catalog of more substantial songs, such as the timeless rock gem “Crystal Baller.” The audience at a sold-out concert at the Uptown Theater last year responded to Third Eye Blind’s outing as if they were witnessing a supernatural reunion of Nirvana.
Third Eye Blind has since released “We Are Drugs,” an intoxicating EP of material that promises to sound even more potent on Friday. The band will be challenged by three worthy upstarts at the third of four the Night the Buzz Stole XXXmas concerts presented by radio station 96.5 the Buzz.
Canadian folk-pop band the Strumbellas is an immensely engaging live act. The eclectic sound of Nashville band Judah & the Lion is encapsulated by the title of its new album “Folk Hop N’ Roll.” Night Riots, a California group that also combines disparate styles to create something new, opens the show.
Tickets are $29.65 in advance. For more info, go to midlandkc.com or call 816-283-9921.
Concert previews by Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink