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The Lemonheads

8 p.m. Thursday, December 13. VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights.



After the frustrated manner in which Evan Dando left the stage at the end of the Lemonheads' set at the VooDoo Lounge last February — the poster boy of '90s slackerdom threw down his guitar and stormed off the stage in the middle of his solo-acoustic encore — it's somewhat surprising that he's returning to that, shall we say, "lofty" stage in Maryland Heights. But while staring up at the seminal indie-rockers for an hour can cause neck spasms (and denies fans the chance to admire Dando's latest choice in footwear), it's worth it: The Lemonheads aren't likely to disappoint. Last winter's set was chock-full of crowd-pleasing gems from the band's early days, as well as choice selections from its underappreciated 2006 self-titled effort, from the bouncy shuffle of "Become the Enemy" to the acoustic-jitter punk tune "No Backbone." While the latter fell short of the album version's intensity — likely because of the absence of Bill Stevenson's maniacal drumming and J. Mascis' signature buzz-saw lead-guitar frenzy — older material from It's a Shame About Ray lent itself to the stripped down, three-piece lineup.

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