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Live Music Picks: Talkin Bout My Generationals

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The somewhat redundantly titled song, “When They Fight They Fight” could easily have been lifted from a compilation of rare ‘60s-pop gems, its sun-kissed hooks releasing a rush of endorphins not unlike a first kiss at the school dance. That the track was just recently released this summer by a new band, Generationals, in no way diminishes its nostalgic sound. Like The Drums and Girls, the New Orleans artists tap into retro territory to generate crisp, catchy grooves that could almost pass for songs excavated some 40 years after their time-machine burial—but not quite. Con Law (Park the Van Records) features modern electronic bells and whistles atop the Phil Spector-esque vocals and malt-shop doo-wop vibe. Club Vegas, 445 S. 400 West, 8 p.m. Tickets: SmithsTix.com

M83’s Saturdays = Youth effectively captured the audio aesthetic that informed John Hughes’ greatest works, with dreamy, angst-fueled tracks that could color this decade’s Pretty in Pink. Consider Neon Indian’s Psychic Chasms as Youth’s lo-fi cousin. The album by Texas native Alan Palomo (Vega) sounds like it was recorded over a VHS copy of Flight of the Navigator. It’s a candy-coated trip, man. Even folks who can’t support the current resurgence of ‘80s-era leggings and Ray-Bans might appreciate Palomo’s videogame-worthy jams, which live might bring back that lovin’ feeling from middle-school stomps. Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com

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