Aug. 23: Brian Wilson presents "Pet Sounds"

The seminal 1966 Beach Boys album has for many years been labeled one of the greatest albums of all time. Don't just take my word for it--here's recently deceased Beatles producer George Martin: "Hearing Pet Sounds gave me the kind of feeling that raises the hairs on the back of your neck and you say 'What is that? It's fantastic.' It gives you an elation that is beyond logic. It's like falling in love; you're swept away by it." Brian Wilson's forward-thinking arrangements, immaculate production, and beautifully written harmonies make "Pet Sounds" an extremely complex masterwork, and yet the melodies and hooks in the songs give the album a transcendent, universally lovable quality. "Pet Sounds" is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and Wilson will be playing the album in full, and if the band that joined him on his "SMiLE" tour is any indication, the show will sound exquisite. With Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin joining him, there will be more legit Beach Boys onstage than when preeminent dickhead Mike Love tours under the name. 8 p.m., The Hippodrome Theatre,  12 N. Eutaw St., (800) 982-2787, france-merrickpac.com, $65-$305. (Brandon Weigel)

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