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The B-52s 

When: Thu., Oct. 6, 6 p.m. 2011
Price: $25-$95
Would the band behind “Rock Lobster” and “Dance This Mess Around” have been the act you’d expect to survive the new-wave era and still pack venues 35 years after its founding? Too fun for punk, too funny for disco, the bomber-coiffed John Waters-a-go-go pride of Athens, Ga. seemed back then a novelty act — you know, like those dudes with the flower-pot hats. The novelty, it turned out, was how fresh and exciting those atom-brain keyboard hooks, secret-agent theme melodies and rubber-band guitar lines would sound after many subsequent years of humorless pop bombast. Except for the late, still-missed Ricky Wilson, they survived it all — the MTV era, college radio, hair metal, grunge, Napster — and original members Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland and irrepressible party conductor Fred Schneider can still turn their private Idaho into a public Disneyland of a live show. Come on along, and bring your jukebox money — lots of it, as tickets range from $25-$95.
— Jim Ridley

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