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Asylum Street Spankers

9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue).

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The members of Asylum Street Spankers lay down stone-cold, earth-bound grooves as expertly as they get the old-time weed party started. And if the Austin troupe is serious (yeah, right) about the burgeoning kiddie music market — its new album, Mommy Says No!, targets fans of SpongeBob SquarePants, lunch boxes, training wheels, super frogs and boogers — it'll need to keep recreational usage on the DL. With honking sousaphone, quacking clarinet, highly musical saw, and the usual gaggle of gypsy fiddle, ukulele, washboard and the prettiest toy piano ever recorded, the Asylum Street Spankers turn skewed sets of swing into sky-high swingsets — and parlor-jazz jams into Romper Room free-for-alls to end all.

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