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Those prone to anxiety attacks inspired by the rapid passing of time might not want to dwell on the realization that it's been well over 20 years since Marshall Crenshaw's "Cynical Girl" first hit the radar.

That orchestra-bell-sporting pop gem not only crashed the New Wave dance party, it got invited to stay. The song sprang from one of the best debut records ever, Crenshaw's eponymous 1982 release, also the home of the wondrous "Someday, Someway" (which found Crenshaw channeling two guys who were lost much too young, Buddy Holly and Bobby Fuller) and the launching pad for a career that's proven to be one of pop music's most enduring. At the Pour House Music Hall, Crenshaw will present songs from his impressive catalog in stripped-down form. In other words, no orchestra bells, but plenty of instantly familiar melodies. It's an early show, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and music starting at 7 p.m. Mark Stuart, guitarist/songwriter for the band The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, opens. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.

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