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Jennifer Herrema—frontwoman of Black Bananas, which may or may not be the new name of Royal Trux—describes herself as "a pioneer of comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rock." We've all been to plenty of shows that started with the crowd chanting "comprehensive non-exclusive opposition rockand roll!" but maybe she should just say "glam." That's the best way to describe the sneering vocals, heavy riffs and liberal use of artificial harmonics that make a Black Bananas performance like a metal show from the '80s, only better. Because now we know what rock was going to do after 1992.

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What rock did was make Motley Crüe sound ironic. Black Bananas sounds ironic, too, in that they are clearly a retro band. Yet they play with genuine feeling songs that genuinely rock, so that you start out enjoying how trashy they are and wind up just enjoying. It's some next-level irony, like when Bizarro Superman has to protect the city. At a certain point—I'm going to say the saxophone solo in "Overpass"—the whole sincerity matrix collapses on itself and becomes simple, ear-ringing fun.

Black Bananas plays the Palace Friday, May 25, at 9 PM, with The Hussy and Shahs. $8.

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