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New Kids on the Block

8 p.m. Monday, November 10. Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue.

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Long before the urban posturing, bargain-basement beats and icky middle-age horndoggery — not to mention the solo careers, acting roles and day jobs — there was boy-band sensation New Kids (squeal!) on the (shriek!) Block. Straight from Boston to the top of the charts, Jordan, Joey, Donnie and those other two guys personified late-'80s/early-'90s pop perfection. "Hangin' Tough"? "The Right Stuff"? "Please Don't Go Girl"? "I'll Be Lovin' You (Forever)"? "Step by Step"? These ditties far surpassed the output of the slew of upstarts and imitators which followed the group's lead. Head for the restrooms or merch tables during the new stuff from September's The Block, but for many members of the female population hovering around age 30, it doesn't get much more defining than NKOTB.

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