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When: Sun., July 27, 8 p.m. and Mon., July 28, 8 p.m. 2014

The Bangles’ breakout record, Different Light, came out in 1986, which means they’ve been playing “Manic Monday” and “Walk Like an Egyptian” at every show for nearly three decades—and they’ll certainly play them tonight. The all-female pop group separated for a decade in 1989, pursuing other projects and, in Susanna Hoffs’s case, a solo career; they reunited shortly before their induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000, and despite two new albums since then, folks still go see the Bangles to hear the same old songs. Some 80s pop stars would probably lobotomize themselves to erase their biggest singles from their brains forever (godspeed, Toni Basil), but the Bangles shouldn’t be bothered. That’s because their singles still pop. With its spirited radio swagger and subtly funky vocals, “Manic Monday” plays like a Prince B side—mostly because he wrote it—and “Walk Like an Egyptian” has a new-wave pulse that might shine darker if the track as a whole weren’t so bouncy and danceable. Plus its last 45 seconds feature a jagged, cosmic guitar lick that you wouldn’t be surprised to hear on a St. Vincent album. —Kevin Warwick

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