Monday, January 9, 2012

Show Preview - Lemonheads - 1.16.12 - Stage AE - Concert Preview

I am a proud product of the 90's and have always felt a definite nostalgia for all pop culture that era. One of the quintessential television shows of that decade was My So Called Life. Featuring a 15 year old Claire Danes, and based in our own town of Pittsburgh, the show only lasted one season but had mass influences from fashion, gay culture and of course music. This is how I first  experienced such 90's stalwarts as Buffalo Tom, Daniel Johnston and of course The Lemonheads. After hearing the music featured on the show, I quickly picked up a copy of the soundtrack and soon after grabbed The Lemonheads LP.

Their 1992 album, It's A Shame About Ray, was simply a classic. In an era of Seattle grunge, Dando and band provided an outstanding pop album and that had the masses and critics raving. It also provided an outlet for a genre that wasn't getting play on MTV at the time. The album pressed Evan Dando into the national spotlight, for better or worse. Fast forward 20 years later and the band just released Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners - The Best Of Lemonheads on January 2nd. It's a 47 track double album featuring may versions of the bands past and present portfolio.

The band had been on hiatus until 2005 when they began touring and recording once again. While never hitting Pittsburgh, the band toured the world and just recently announced a date in here featuring their 1992 classic album,  It's A Shame About Ray. Dando will perform the album’s 13-tracks alongside guitarist Josh Lattanzi (The Candles) and drummer Brian Nolan (American Hi-Fi). Nostalgia awaits.

The show will be at Club Stage AE (more intimate than their normal stage) and will begin at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $15 and can be found here.

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