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Lemonheads, Now Now Every Children, Green, DJ Scary Lady Sarah 

When: Fri., June 19, 9 p.m. and Sat., June 20, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $18, $16 in advance
It’s hard to take Evan Dando seriously, what with his stoner-bro persona, his decision to ever date Winona Ryder, and, y’know, his career-derailing crack cocaine addiction. But somewhere under all that ditzy blondness there lurks a pop genius. The Lemonheads’ 1992 album It’s a Shame About Ray is a brilliant tangle, with Dando’s honeyed voice and pleasantly jangling guitar anchoring songs that brim with fascinating hooks and flourishes but still manage to sound simple and unfussy. It’s rare for an album that so perfectly sums up a particular zeitgeist to age so well. Dando’s personal problems got the better of his talent for most of the last half of the 90s; the 1996 album Car Button Cloth was his last under the Lemonheads name till a self-titled 2006 disc with members of the Descendents. (He also put out a live solo album in 2001 and a studio follow-up in ’03.) This week the Lemonheads continue their comeback with the release of the covers record Varshons (The End), where Dando gets serious enough to handle songs by Gram Parsons and Townes Van Zandt and stays goofy enough for a version of Arling & Cameron’s kitschy techno number “Dirty Robot” with Kate Moss on vocals (“I hate your every bolt and screw”). An album of originals is allegedly in the works. Now Now Every Children, Green, and DJ Scary Lady Sarah open. —Miles Raymer

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