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May 10, 2004 // UPDATED 1:29 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

The Temptations

What else can be said about The Temptations?

Anyone who's not familiar with this Motown vocal group's incredible repertoire, or at least their really big hits -- "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)," "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)," "Papa Was a Rolling Stone," etc. -- must have never owned a radio, gone to a karaoke bar or watched TV.

The only uncertainty when it comes to this group is exactly who's in the line-up this time around. Otis Williams seems seems to be the only original member to keep the torch burning. Regardless, it's sure to be a spectacular show.

Saturday, May 15, 8 p.m. Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S. $39.50-$49.50. 989-5151.

Rockstars from another planet

From their distant home world of KeroKero (via Tokyo), eX-Girl returns to Earth and the U.S. for another close encounter, this time in support of their fifth full-length release, "Endangered Species."

This Japanese trio of Kirilo, Chihiro and Fuzuki attack their instruments much like the cartoon characters they emulate -- they scream and shout like a pack of rabid cheerleaders sporting florescent-colored wigs, matching miniskirts and a pocket full of irreverence.

Their stage presence more than makes up for their lack of discernable musical talent -- their pure energy and obvious joy at being in the spotlight is so contagious, they can turn any dingy club into a sparkling grown-up cheerleader camp.

Tuesday, May, 11, 8 p.m. First Avenue's 7th Street Entry, 701 1st Ave. N. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 332-1775.