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The 88

Monday, May 8, at 9 p.m. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City)

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If the British Invasion had landed at LAX instead of JFK, the 88 would have disembarked and taken a Magic Bus straight to the nearest beachside glamour spot, where the bowls of cocaine are just powdered-sugar props and the Mondrian knock-offs turn psychedelic when their handlers hit the black lights. The LA power-popsters' stylists have been earning their keep — MTV, Carson Daly and The OC have come calling. But the band's second album, Over and Over, proves that rock needn't evolve when arrangements are unpredictable — accordions, slide guitar and synths cut through the electric crush — and there are so many summery tunes to soak up. "I've got the West Coast sunshine," songwriter Keith Slettedahl sings. "But it don't mean a thing." He's lying. It still means pop pleasure.

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