Long considered a casualty of the ’90s, Lemonheads front man Evan Dando was famous for his long locks, addiction to crack cocaine, and dalliances with Winona Ryder and Kate Moss (though we all wish he would’ve married Juliana Hatfield). Such celebrity unfortunately mars the work: tremendously adroit slacker ballads about drug-cest (“My Drug Buddy”), death (“It’s a Shame About Ray”), and young love (“Allison’s Starting To Happen”), not to mention a laconic cover of “Mrs. Robinson” that puts Benjamin Braddock’s adoration to shame. In 2003 came the comeback, partially due to nostalgia, partially in desire for Dando’s particular brand of heartfelt self-hatred (see: Baby I’m Bored‘s Tom Petty-esque “Why Do You Do This Yourself?”) With the Candles.
Fri., Jan. 29, 10 p.m., 2010
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 26, 2010