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The Boss Martians

9 p.m. Friday, May 16. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue



What do you call a pretty good surf band who suddenly drops the hodad act and discovers a gift for raw, catchy rock & roll tunes? The Boss Martians, that's who. Like any good power-pop band, the Seattle group is in touch with its record collections: Elvis Costello, the Who, the Cars and Cheap Trick are among the stones touched by airtight albums like Making the Rounds (2002), The Set-Up (2004) and the new Pressure In The S.O.D.O. But like any great power-pop band, the Boss Martians understand that finding the right source material is only half the job; the secret ingredients to great rock & roll are personality and passion. If Iggy Pop deigns to do a guest spot on your record (as on S.O.D.O.'s "Mars is for Martians," which he also cowrote), you're probably getting it right.