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The B-52's 

When: Wed., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. 2018
Price: $39.50-$99
www.tobincenter.org/box-office/2018-10/b-52s
Released just two years ago, Live! 8-24-1979 is almost definitive proof that whichever parallel-reality America The B-52’s swooped in from is clearly the superior one. Eisenhower-era cheese — beehive hairdos, tiki and hot-rod culture, etc. — was reappropriated and weaponized by punks who watched at least as many beach-party movies as biker-gang flicks (“Rock Lobster”) and shook their moneymakers doing the “Aqua Velva” and the “Hypocrite” (“Dance This Mess Around”). There, the disco vs. punk dichotomy must be nonexistent: Gay icon Fred Schneider gamely offering to “kiss your pineapple” on the dance floor deserves the same kind of guitar squawl as Roger Daltry growling “I hope I die before I get old” once merited (“Strobe Light”). Between their self-titled debut and 2008’s comeback Funplex, The B-52’s have given us four decades of alternate American history with which to embellish and improve our own.

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