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Photos: Tommy Stinson @ Iota

Tommy Stinson was 13 when he and his brother Bob helped start The Replacements. Equal parts of Johnny Thunders and Alex Chilton, the Mats were the perfect antidote to the mainstream music of the mid-to-late 1980s. But you can't put your arms around a memory, so when the group disbanded in the early '90s, Stinson went on to lead bands like Bash & Pop and Perfect. His 2004 solo release, Village Gorilla Head, is a must-have, if only for the big-hooked beauty of "Not a Moment Too Soon."

The setlist Stinson brought for his acoustic show last Thursday at Iota (with Emily Roberts and Mike Gent of The Figgs) contained bits of Stinson's past, present, and future (and avoided any Guns N' Roses, thank goodness). He ended the set with Gent atop the Iota bar for a sing-along of "Cmon Get Happy" by the Partridge Family, an order to which the audience gleefully obeyed.

(See the rest of the photos from the set here.)

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