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Evan Dando returns with the re-formed Lemonheads 

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  • Dreamy: Evan Dando

Evan Dando has been busy over the past decade: going through drug rehab, releasing a solo album, getting married and, most recently, re-forming The Lemonheads.

In the early '90s, The Lemonheads scored a marginal hit covering Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," and front man Evan Dando quickly became an alternative heartthrob. Appearing on MTV Buzz Clips and gracing the pages of Sassy magazine, his lanky frame, chiseled jaw, and long, blond hair garnered as much attention as the band's power-pop ditties.

By 1993, The Lemonheads seemed poised to ride the crest of the alt-rock wave, but instead began to descend into obscurity. Come On Feel the Lemonheads -- the follow-up to It's a Shame About Ray -- scored a minor hit with "Into Your Arms," and three years later, Car Button Cloth delivered its own popular single, "If I Could Talk I'd Tell You." But a couple of radio-friendly songs and Dando's dreamboat status weren't enough to sustain the group's fame.

In late 2006, the group's new lineup, featuring members of the Descendents, released The Lemonheads, on Vagrant Records. Even after a 10-year hiatus, the sound is familiar. Alternately polished and punky, with bright, jangly hooks and Dando's laid-back baritone, the disc evokes the group's past alt-pop gems, and will provide a nostalgia fix for anyone who came of age in the heyday of alt rock. The latest disc even features a track called "Pittsburgh," which you're likely to hear on Tue., Feb. 20, when the group visits Mr. Small's.

The Lemonheads with Vietnam. 8 p.m. Tue., Feb. 20 (doors at 7 p.m.). Mr. Small's Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $16 (21 and over). 412-821-4447 or www.mrsmalls.com



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