The Smithereens

They didn't truck with shimmery guitar effects, but the Smithereens' late-'80s, early '90s salad days did produce a batch of bristling power-pop anthems that still channel that particular bitter fruit POV on lovin' typical to the post-college rock, pre- grunge malaise. "Only a Memory," from 1988's Green Thoughts, still broods as much as it kicks. More recently, the Jersey band's output has gone the route of rarities comps, tribute albums, and live one-offs; famously goateed frontman Pat DiNizio continues a solo career. Here, the Smithereens will perform their 1989 album 11 in its entirety. Expect other heyday hits, as well as material from their recent tribute to the Who's Tommy.
Sat., Jan. 16, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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