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You know that sample the Beastie Boys use at the beginning of Check Your Head: “This next song is the first song off our new album”? That’s from Cheap Trick’s Live at Budokan. And you know the song Fast Times at Ridgemont High ticket scalper Mike Damone is singing just before Stacy Hamilton tells him she’s pregnant? That’s the band’s classic “Surrender.” So if you think Cheap Trick is just another ’70s hair band hitting the road to make money off nostalgic thirtysomethings, just remember that it has managed to remain in cultural circulation—of a sort—during the ’80s and ’90s, too. For those who haven’t kept up, the Tricksters have also just released a box set, Sex, America, and Cheap Trick, which chronicles their impact. Come decide for yourself whether a multi-neck guitar really does sound better. With Trip 66 at 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Michael Schaffer)