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Camper van Beethoven, Miller & Sasser 

When: Fri., May 30, 7 p.m. 2014
Price: $18-20
As they recounted the bands they played alongside, the Dead Milkmen remembered Camper Van Beethoven thusly: "We returned from a tour once to find them camped out in our house." Which sounds about right. Like the Milkmen, Camper Van came up as cheeky '80s punks, playfully sneering, too smart for their own good. Coming up as a dumb teenage punk in the '90s, I was introduced to Camper Van Beethoven by a cool-as-fuck friend with taste wise beyond his years. To this day, "Take the Skinheads Bowling" rings as uppity and marvelously as it ever has, a stick-in-the-eye, brush-the-dirt-off-your-shoulders nugget. As an oddity in pop, its triumph is eternal. And though the band did take the '90s off, Camper Van Beethoven aren't done making stuff. The group's about to release the slightly sweeter, somewhat more refined, yet still skronky and spiky El Camino Real next week, their second album in as many years. ANDREW R. TONRY

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