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Straight outta Newcastle in the early ’60s, the Animals (led by Eric Burdon) were the most acerbic band thrown-up by the British Invasion. Their classic singles—”House of the Rising Sun,” “We Gotta Get Out of This Place,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”—still leap off golden-oldies radio with a vigor and irascibility that blow away our Beach Boys and Dave Clark Five. The Animals’ early stuff was so consistently good that it’s easy to be generous to Burdon’s subsequent checkered career, in which he seemed to oscillate between works of drunk, druggy brilliance (“Spill the Wine” from 1970’s Eric Burdon Declares War; the psychedelic 1968 single “Sky Pilot”) and the less worthy efforts of his New Animals period or his tiresome 1971 effort with War, The Black Man’s Burdon. Check out Burdon’s latest musical gyrations when he brings his New Animals to town with Offstar at 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. $25. (703) 569-5940. (Richard Byrne)