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Hall & Oates, Company of Thieves Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sun., June 26, 7 p.m. 2011

If there's anything as painful as seeing Prince roped into the facile but unkillable #LOL80s quasi ­appreciation that still holds America's nightlife institutions in its ironic grip, it's seeing Hall & Oates in there too. Yes, the pair had some unfortunate ideas about fashion and synthesizers, and yes, John Oates had that mustache—but scratch the plastic sheen off their most overproduced singles and you'll find deep roots in a Philly scene that in the 70s and 80s produced some of the best soul music ever committed to tape. The duo's 2009 four-disc retrospective, Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates (U-Watch/Sony), digs all the way back to their first collaborations in the late 60s, where they greased up Philly soul with dollops of hippie funk; it'll be an eye-opening experience for anyone who thinks their catalog begins and ends in the early MTV era. —Miles Raymer

Price: $80 reserved, $27 lawn

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