The Lemonheads

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First Avenue

701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

For this tour stop the Lemonheads will run through all of their breakthrough album, It's a Shame About Ray, from way back in the summer of 1992, when unemployment neared 8 percent (hey, that sounds pretty good) and folks still used actual phone booths to arrange drug deals. Working with producers the Robb Bros., Evan Dando and temporary bandmates Juliana Hatfield and David Ryan fused their key influences (Hüsker Dü, Replacements, Elvis Costello, AM pop, hippie country) into a charming sort of folk-rock, at once accelerated and slack. The songs had no great claims to make but the hooks were as seductive as Dando's drawl and Dennis Wilson's looks. It's a 30-minute album, so there should be ample time for other material. Apt openers the Shining Twins make scrappy pop-punk that gets away with what ought to be an excess of cuteness. 18+.
Sat., Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., 2011
 
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