The Beat Goes On
The Go-Go’s songs are one of the few good things to come out of the music of the 1980s. The all-female fivesome from Los Angeles put the boys in the corner with their mix of attitude, chops and good looks, and they endure today because of perpetually licensed songs like power-pop anthems “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation.” A year ago, the band announced a reunion tour billed as its final shows. But a delay to that tour—which is now underway—offered clarity. “I doubt it’s the last show ever,” Kathy Valentine, the bass player and native of Austin who wrote “Vacation,” said about Sunday’s last scheduled gig. “The band feels revitalized on this tour. We’re getting recognized and appreciated like never before.” A betting man translates that to mean, let’s take advantage of this nostalgia and record a new album. If that’s the case, expect a new song or two. If it’s not, well, you can at least say you gave them a proper retirement party.
Paramount Theatre, Aug. 28, 8 p.m. gogos.com
Hail to the Chief
The wreath laying ceremony in honor of what would have been President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 103rd birthday shifts the focus from the rhetoric of what a certain 2012 presidential hopeful from Texas would do in the Oval Office to what a president from Texas did do. “The body of law President Johnson helped to