Sometime around the early '90s, the Lemonheads, a Boston trio with solid punk-pop origins, were flirting with next-big-thing status amid mainstream media's fascination with indie rock. Evan Dando, who had by then essentially become the Lemonheads, thanks to a revolving cast of bassists/drummers, had been officially declared a beautiful person by People. Despite a smattering of solid albums, it all fell apart, at least partially due to Dando's personal excesses. During a Lemonheadless decade, Dando cleaned up, recorded a low-key solo album, and engaged in such curious projects as fronting the resurrected MC5. Dando revived the Lemonheads last year, with bassist Karl Alvarez and drummer Bill Stevenson (both ex-Descendents), and an eponymous disc (on Vagrant) full of assured, melody-rich rock that charges along with purpose and style. Dando's charismatic voice floats over the scurrying mix with dark though effervescent lyrics, while the band's flowing propulsion—amended here and there by Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis and the Band's Garth Hudson—never falters. 21+.
Mon., Dec. 10, 7 p.m., 2007