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The 1990s are back in Brooklyn, in a big way.
Rockers who made their names in the decade that gave us “Saved by the Bell,” pogs, and the Spice Girls, are touring Brooklyn like it was — you guessed it — the ’90s.
The Meat Puppets, that Arizona-based three-piece most famous for backing Kurt Cobain during his legendary “Unplugged” performance in 1993, will bring their brash — and at times purposefully out of tune — rock to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday for their first Brooklyn performance.
After releasing the gold record “Too High to Die” in 1994, the Puppets staggered through a druggy late ’90s dotted with hiatuses before reuniting in 2006.
And when the rockers look back on their 11 records and 20-plus-year career, they’re shocked to be considered an influential act.
“It blows our mind that we have been recognized for the course we chose,” said bassist Cris Kirkwood. “It seems to validate what we were thinking when we first set course for our band, which was, just be really good, be absolutely open minded, and trust yourself, and your muse, and hope it reaches an appreciative audience.”
It’s not just North Brooklynites who will have a chance to enjoy the Clinton-era fun.
Evan Dando — frontman of the recently reunited ’90s alt-rockers, the Lemonheads — will play a solo gig at Southpaw in Park Slope on Friday, Dec. 19.
The Lemonheads rose to relative fame in 1993 when their cover of “Mrs. Robinson” appeared in the film “Wayne’s World 2,” and Dando landed a coveted spot on People Magazine’s list of the “50 Most Beautiful People” — but allegations of drug abuse and Johnny Depp-style hotel room desecration soured the band’s reputation.
Fans can expect a few Lemonheads classics alongside Dando’s solo songs at the Brooklyn gig. Another frontman gone solo is Rhett Miller, the leader of the alt-country standbys the Old 97s — a band whose name has only grown more accurate over the years.
Miller will bring his Texas-tinged pop to the Bell House in Gowanus on Saturday, Dec. 13, for his first-ever Brooklyn show.
The crooner, who started recording twangy albums when he was in high school, doesn’t resent his ’90s songs — in fact, he finds them transcendental.
“I don’t feel any kind of disdain for any of the songs that I’ve written — even if I recognize them for being a more crude version of what I do now,” said Miller. “As soon as I start playing a song, I get immediately transported back to the time when I wrote it.”
Meat Puppets at the Music Hall of Williamsburg [66 North Sixth St., between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 486–5400], Dec. 13, 7:30 pm. Web: www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com
Rhett Miller at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third streets in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Dec. 13, 8 pm. Web: www.thebellhouseny.com
Evan Dando at Southpaw [125 Fifth Ave., between Sterling and St. John’s places in Park Slope, (718) 230-0236], Dec. 19, 9 pm. Web: www.spsounds.com
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