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When: Tue., May 8 2012
Here's the thing about “Weird Al” Yankovic: Nobody should ever have to sit through an entire album of his. They're really not that good. Once you get past the handful of contemporary and spot-on spoofs of whatever Top 40 songs have been clogging your ears for the past year or so, there's not much left other than polka medleys, a few tame and lame originals, and a song or two that aim for a bigger targets and totally misses them. But Yankovic's parodies over the past 30 years are deservedly classics of their kind: “Another One Rides the Bus,” “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy.” And if you haven't heard his 1999 epic “The Saga Begins,” which recounts Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to the tune of “American Pie,” do yourself a favor and track it down. Yankovic puts together a more coherent space opera in five and a half minutes than George Lucas does in two-plus hours. His latest album, last year's Alpocalypse, takes on the paparazzi (via Taylor Swift's “You Belong With Me”) and Craigslist (with a mix of the Doors), among other topics. And the “Polka Face” medley that takes off from Lady Gaga is almost as inspired as its title. 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-$65. – Michael Gallucci


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