Who cares if the 1990s are the new hip decade everyone's mining for nostalgia's sake? Not That '80s Band, that's for sure; their high-energy live concerts/dance parties feel like the Aqua Net era never ended. Vocalist Valerie Girl and the rest of her decade-appropriate bandmates -- our personal favorite moniker is that of keyboardist/vocalist Mr. Hand (cf. Spicoli's foil in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
) -- have an impressive repertoire that'll please college-rock aficionados (R.E.M., Violent Femmes, the Cure, Talking Heads), one-hit-wonder nerds (Tommy Tutone, Toni Basil, the Vapors) and retro-night femme fanatics (Cyndi Lauper, Bananarama, three
Madonna songs!). Hit 'em with your best shot -- 'cause they got the beat, and their shows will leave you hungry like the wolf and walking on sunshine.
Readers' Choice: Hollywood 5