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Volume 68, Issue 14, Friday, September 13, 2002

Arts & Entertainment

Three acts prepare for Houston show

By Cara Sarelli
The Daily Cougar

Fans of three awesome bands need to brace themselves. At the Verizon Wireless Theater on Monday night, Sparta, Cave In and Jimmy Eat World are going to rock them out.

Known to many music fans from three of the members' previous experience as At the Drive-in, Sparta played an August show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion with Weezer and Dashboard Confessional. If the band wasn't known before that, it is now.

Sparta released its EP Austere in March and just released its first full-length, energetic album, Wiretap Scars.

While Sparta already has quite the fan base, the members are still in denial of their rock-star status. "I am not a rock star," drummer Tony Hajjar said with sincerity. "I am a very lucky person who is playing music."

Cave In, from Boston, has been around for eight years, so its style though it has in the past couple of albums changed to alternative-esque from a harder, more metal sound is finely tuned and professional.

When asked what their influences are, Adam McGrath (guitar, bongos) said, "My favorite band is probably The Rolling Stones. But we like Nirvana, Metallica, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin."

Cave In has released quite a few albums, most recently an EP, Tides of Tomorrow six songs to play loud in your room and sing along to while you get ready for class. 

Last but far from least, headlining is Jimmy Eat World. 

The band released its fourth album Bleed American, which it produced in its entirety before signing on to Dreamworks Records, in summer 2001 (It was changed to a self-titled album after 9/11). 

Sweet vocals, layered with delicate harmonies, combine with precise chord-strumming and varying drumbeats to characterize this jamming, semi-emo-influenced band. 

It has exploded on U.S. airwaves during the last 12 months with its hit song "The Middle."

The show, which shouldn't be missed, starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 and can be purchased at

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