ZZ Top

There’s a whole sect of music fans that believe the only ZZ Top worth listening to came before their 1983 breakthrough, Eliminator. There’s some validity to the old-school notion that before they found their, ahem, commercial “Legs,” that albums like Tejas and Tres Hombres contained songs with more rough edges and thoughtful composition. However, I posit that Eliminator has its slick merits, if for no other reason that “TV Dinners” may be the most bizarrely under-utilized stripper anthem of all-time. The subsequent buzz-kill of Afterburner is a bit less defendable, though we should all be grateful that it gave them excuses to continue making videos featuring hot chicks wearing anklet socks. HANNAH LEVIN

Sun., Aug. 29, 6 p.m., 2010

 
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