Familiar to most people from their breakout single “Push th’ Little Daisies” off their third studio album, Pure Guava, Dean and Gene Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman) have been turning out colorful neo-psychedelia and lo-fi since 1987 (although they cemented their creative relationship at school in 1984 after meeting in typing class). Loved by the college set who compose most of their underground fan base, the Pennsylvania frontmen have made deeply grooved inroads into pop culture, most notably on MTV’s Beavis and Butthead and on the soundtracks of the films Road Trip and Dude, Where’s My Car? both featuring the track “Voodoo Lady.” Other cuts have attracted alt-artist attention, such as “Freedom of ’76” with video directed by cutting-edger Spike Jonze, and “Even If You Don’t,” with video directed by South Park’s Matt Stone and Trey Parker. By far the bands premiere release was 1997’s The Mollusk, hailed as “a culmination of Ween’s penchant for satire, deconstruction, and their appreciative mastery of genres, including 1960s Brit-pop, sea shanties, Broadway show tunes and progressive rock.” Don’t miss these experimental post-punkers for their blowout show this month. (Jane Mast)
IF YOU GO
When/Where: 8:30PM, Jan. 29 at Wiltern Theatre, 3790 Wilshire Blvd.,
Info: Call (213) 388-1400 or go to www.livenation.com. $30-$35.