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At times, San Jose’s Smash Mouth can seem like a parodic cross between self-help guru pap and a commercial-jingle machine. “All Star” is their best-known anthemic goof, but it might surprise casual listeners to learn that they’re packing an entire discography designed to scratch the same populist itch. The group’s mash of ska, punk-lite, and power pop ingratiates, but singer Steve Harwell is its ever-present, backslapping main attraction, the host of every party you’ve never been at but declined to vacate for fear of missing out on something epic.
Tue., Nov. 26, 7 p.m., 2013