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It's easy enough to be cynical about the hoopla surrounding the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary resurgence — a massive world tour and a seemingly out-of-nowhere new album to go with it — all the more so since the band's ethos, unlike the reality of their career trajectory, has always been so emphatically antithetical to the very notion of cynicism. (And yes, one of the most glibly innocuous new tunes does include the lines "We're back together/ Easy money/ Ain't life funny.") But come on. Brian Wilson performing live with the group (all, in this incarnation, actually legitimate '60s band members) for the first time since 1966, which would have been unimaginable until very recently, has got to be something worth celebrating. That the varied, harmony-stuffed That's Why God Made the Radio (Capitol) is way, way better than it has any right to be — honestly, it's delightful — is just gravy. Surf's up, people!
Sat., June 16, 8 p.m., $30-$175, Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd, Camden, 215-336-2000, livenation.com.