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The Lemonheads @ The El Rey, 4/25

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If you're a dude you wanna hate Evan Dando for his flowing long locks and his runway model looks and his lack of irony of wearing an old school Lou Reed tshirt and Vans. But then he plugs in that SG and does his little stoney version of shredding and you sip your beer and chill the hell out.

The Lemonheads are the Goo Goo Dolls without any aspiration. They're the sober man's Replacements. And they're the marketing department's failure. How can you not sell records of a man as handsome as Dando whose rich voice and mellow tunes should have no problem finding their way into pink iPods on every campus?

Opening with a hard rock and then immediately changing gears into the beautiful "My Drug Buddy", The Lemonheads played a mixed set of mostly oldies to a small but appreciative crowd on the Miracle Mile. These fans came out tonight because, who are we kidding, are you really gonna wanna just lay in the grass at 11pm on Sunday night and stare at the stars while listening to the Lemonheads at Coachella when Rage Against the Machine is across the polo field hoisting up flaming effigies of BushCo (we can dream cant we) while inciting a teenage riot?

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No, last night was perfect for a gentle vibe, and Dando brought it, especially when he pulled out his acoustic.

Opening was Giant Drag who were eh, and Icarus Line who should quit the music business entirely.

photo by Sonny I. LaVista