A zest to rejuvenate the Lemonheads

The Baltimore Sun

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Back in the early 1990s, the Lemonheads were among the most visible bands on the scene, with a couple of quirky, catchy albums (It's A Shame About Ray and Come On Feel The Lemonheads), an eclectic mixture of cool names making cameos (Juliana Hatfield, Belinda Carlisle, Rick James) and a solid following.

They also had a lead singer and musical mastermind named Evan Dando, whose pretty hair and casually scruffy sexiness delighted some fans and royally annoyed many others, including some critics. For the critical, other things overshadowed Dando's songcraft on "Into Your Arms" and "My Drug Buddy." There was the light but inescapable cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," Dando's wry cameo in the Gen-X yarn Reality Bites, an appearance as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People."

If You Go The Lemonheads, with openers the Oranges Band and Vietnam, perform Wednesday at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Doors open at 8 p.m. $17. 410-662-0069 or theottobar.com.

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