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The Smithereens/The Motels 

When: Sat., March 18, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $37.50-$47.50
Way back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the Smithereens broke big out of their native New Jersey. Songs such as “Only a Memory,” “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You” effectively channel ’60s pop; their catchy choruses and sharp hooks helped the songs crossover from college to commercial radio. The band’s track record in the ’00s has been spotty at best. At one point, singer-guitarist Pat DiNizio held down a gig on the Vegas Strip where he performed “Confessions of a Rock Star,” a show that featured songs and stories from throughout his life. The band doesn’t have a new album to push but it’ll undoubtedly draw fans who remember it from the days when MTV actually helped break new bands. (Niesel)


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