In the music-culture dictionary that only exists inside my head, the definition for the word "likable" consists of nothing more than a picture of the B-52's -- because they really are about as appealing and easy to like as pop music gets. Three-plus decades removed from their origins as that tacky little dance band from Georgia, the B-52's remain one of those consensus acts that everyone from stoner freaks to uptight jocks can abide. Come on, now, who hasn't cut a rug to "Rock Lobster" or "Love Shack" before?
They'll be in the Triangle this weekend to headline Saturday's Band Together benefit show in Cary. For details on that and lots more about the band's history, see the interview with Keith Strickland in Friday's paper.