Catch Teenage Fanclub

at Great American Music Hall

(Donald Milne)

In 1991, the same year that Nirvana issued its zeitgeist-defining record Nevermind, Scottish shoegaze rockers Teenage Fanclub released Bandwagonesque, a power-pop masterpiece that was famously named Album of the Year by Spin, beating out Kurt Cobain and company. That little bit of trivia has followed (or haunted) Teenage Fanclub throughout its career, which is unfortunate. It automatically pits the band against Nirvana and minimizes the brilliance of Bandwagonesque and Teenage Fanclub’s subsequent albums. Combining the jangly guitar work of the Byrds with the pristine melodies of Big Star and the dense noise assaults of My Bloody Valentine, Teenage Fanclub somehow makes tunes that are both immediately accessible and jarringly abrasive. In 2016, it released Here, a refreshing and inventive indie pop record that helped prove that three decades into its career, Teenage Fanclub can still pluck out catchy hooks from a fog of white noise. An infrequent touring presence, the band visits San Francisco for the first time in seven years.

Teenage Fanclub
At 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, at Great American Music Hall. $26; slimspresents.com

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