My mom loves Marshall Crenshaw. He is, after all, undeniably supermarket-mom rock: His self-titled 1982 debut album contains the glossy pop hits “Someday, Someway,” “Cynical Girl,” “Mary Anne,” and “The Usual Thing”—all sweet, boppy, wholly inoffensive singalongs. Load the Marshall Crenshaw homepage, and you’ll see a white-bearded chap in glasses wearing—shiver—a fedora. But I love Marshall Crenshaw nearly as much as my mom does. He’s done a considerable amount in my lifetime, like play with the reunited MC5, appear on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, and release a few new albums. All that being said, the classics from his first album remain the best and the most fun: The thing’s never gone out of print, and hopefully never will disappear from the Internet. Otherwise, how will future moms carry the torch?
Marshall Crenshaw performs with The Bottle Rockets at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $27.50. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com.