It's been 16 years since Big Head Todd and the Monsters' major-label debut, Sister Sweetly, went platinum and earned a top 10 single with the laidback "Broken Hearted Savior." Fortunately, the Boulder, Colorado, quartet had the presence of mind to realize their Cream of Wheat-bland bluesy rock balladry wasn't built for hit making, opting instead to embrace their natural role as a pleasantly inoffensive, hardworking live act. The strategy has paid off with a devoted fan following and the necessary live albums intermingled with occasional new releases, such as "Blue Sky," a tribute to the space shuttle program that was later used by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. In recent years, BHTM have made annual early-winter stops in the Mainroom. With this visit falling just before New Year's, it's an ideal opportunity to celebrate another year of mediocrity with a band that's made a career out of living off past glories. With Ken Valdez.
Tue., Dec. 29, 7 p.m., 2009