The spectacular spider man music video: The 23 Best Concerts to See in Portland: December 6-19

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CRITIC’S PICK: Redd Kross, Dale Crover Band Teenage Fanclub, the Posies, and Redd Kross constitute the holy triumvirate of ’90s power-pop. Those first two bands have been obsessed with creating the perfect sequel to Big Star’s #1 Record for the duration of their careers, but Redd Kross’ origin story is a little less straightforward. Formed around the nucleus of choir boy brothers Jeff and Steve McDonald, Redd Kross started as a goofy, quintessentially Californian hardcore band, whose 1982 debut album Born Innocent —released when both McDonalds were teenagers—features songs with titles like “Kill Someone You Hate” and “Pseudo-Intellectual.” On their 1987 follow-up, Neurotica , the band synthesized punk with their childhood adoration for Sid and Marty Krofft and bubblegum pop bands like the Partridge Family, resulting in a warped paean to ’70s Saturday morning ephemera. Then comes the band’s trio of power-pop all-timers: 1990’s technicolored Third Eye , 1993’s Phaseshifter (which Stone Temple Pilots aped to an embarrassing degree on their album Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop ), and 1997’s Show World , whose lead single “Mess Around” boasts guitar-pop’s pithiest refrain since “Ticket to Ride”: “Can’t you see?/Monogamy/Has always been so hard for me.” After a 15-year break from releasing new music, Redd Kross returned in 2012 with an excellent album on Merge called Researching the Blues , a 30-minute loud-pop romp that contains at least two of the band’s best songs: the title track and “Stay Away from Downtown.” Even after all these years, Redd Kross remain one of America’s greatest—and strangest—bands. (Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15-18) MORGAN TROPER

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