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New York City's Hot Sardines swung into The Egg's Swyer Theatre on Friday evening, the same night the like-minded Postmodern Jukebox was playing down the street at the Palace Theatre. The difference between the two bands is that while Postmodern Jukebox re-interprets today's contemporary pop hits in vintage style and arrangements, the Hot Sardines go all in, reviving the songs as well as the sounds of the bygone era.

Led by pianist Evan Palazzo and chanteuse Elizabeth Bougerol, the eight-member band - featuring a three-piece horn section and, yes, even a tap dancer - swing-swang-swung through an 85-minute concert filled with gems from yesteryear, dustin' 'em off, puttin' a bit of spit 'n' polish on 'em and knockin' it out of the park. From the down 'n' dirty opener, "When I Get Low (I Get High)," to the ukulele-fueled encore of "I Wanna Be Like You" from "The Jungle Book" (swung in French, by the way), the band was utterly charming, albeit admittedly a bit "punchy and jet-lagged," playing their first show back home since a 10-concert tour of Japan.

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