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B-52s in concert: Shake your cosmic thing

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Thirty years ago, a quirky little act from Athens, Ga., introduced us to the melodic delicacies of Rock Lobster and Quiche Lorraine, and the music world hasn't tasted the same since.

That's because the B-52s are the Peter Pans of the New Wave music movement, defiantly refusing to let their music grow up past their '80s prime. Since its 1979's debut, the band has clung to its youthful charm and energy while cranking out impossibly clever party tunes like Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around and 1989's chart-topping Love Shack.

Sadly, the band lost their way to the recording studio after 1992's Good Stuff. But founding members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland returned in 2008 with a new disc, Funplex, that's loud, sexy and forces its fans to their feet (and then straight underneath the covers).

After spending the summer playing with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour, the gang returns to the stage on its own Friday, playing Orlando’s House of Blues. (Sorry, no Tampa Bay stops scheduled so far, but this Party Out of Bounds is well worth the drive.)

-- The B-52s play Orlando's House of Blues Friday (Feb. 6) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $39.50 to $93. 1490 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. (407) 934-2583.

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