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“We get word that people want to see us,” explains singer Dexter Holland of the Offspring‘s current minitour, which comes on top of roughly 13 months of nonstop touring. The last time the Orange County neo-punk quartet played in the area, he notes, it was at the 9:30 Club. Since then, of course, “Come Out and Play” made the Offspring a chart-topping phenomenon, the sort of band that plays sports arenas and gets enlisted to contribute a song (a cover of the Damned’s “Smash It Up”) to the Batman Forever soundtrack. Still, the group isn’t taking traditional career imperatives too seriously; rather than record the crucial follow-up album after this monthlong jaunt, Holland says, it will instead take the rest of the year off. With Lunachicks and the Vandals at 8 p.m. at George Mason University’s Patriot Center, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. $13.50. (703) 993-3000. (MJ)