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The Lemonheads


In the late '80s, Boston's Lemonheads were twinkly tinfoil stars in the burgeoning underground indie-punk scene, with pictures and reviews of their first three albums gracing hand-Xeroxed fanzine pages everywhere. When the ambiguous monster genre "alternative rock," started to take hold in the early '90s, frontman Evan Dando became a shaggy blond teen idol, and the Lemonheads' 1992 major-label release It's a Shame About Ray (1992) exploded all over the country like a candy-filled pop-punk pi–ata. Fuzzy and hard enough to be serious and sugary enough for squealing teenage fangirls, the band was college-rock gold and Dando was voted one of People magazine's 50 most beautiful people in the world for 1993. Dando's well-documented substance-abuse problems and a constantly shifting lineup took their toll, and the group disbanded, only to come together quietly last year with several live performances of It's a Shame About Ray in its 30-minute entirety and a new self-titled LP on Vagrant Records. Dando is joined by the rhythm section from '80s pop-punksters the Descendents; the project is fresh and interesting, with melodic pop joining up with disaffected twang for certifiable jewels like the murder ballad "Baby's Home." New Orleans' own Junior League opens, with tight, catchy pop tunes that owe a debt to the Lemonheads' bitter, self-aware sunniness. Tickets $15. -- Alison Fensterstock

8 p.m. Tue., Feb. 6

House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;


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