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Iron Horse Cantina, 4325 N. Nevada Ave., 260-9309 Friday, Dec. 29, and Saturday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m. 21-plus, no cover.

"People don't always know what they like, but they like what they know," says cover band vocalist and bass player Billy Denam of The Remotes.

After hooking up back in 2004, every band member of The Remotes has added a taste of what he likes. Brothers Johnny "Flash" Mills (guitar, vocals) and Tim Howard (sound engineering, percussion) add their free spirit; Scott Riebel (lead guitar) brings a stage presence; and John "Animal" Mounier, well, he's the heartbreaker.

All mesh together to form a diverse, yet cohesive, group of outgoing guys. And their music is just as varied. There are no limits, the band says, listing both The Beatles and Fall Out Boy as acts they enjoy covering.

"We're like your favorite mixed eight-track!" Riebel says, laughing.

As long as it's a dance mix. The Remotes say they like to play the "danciest" modern classic rock tunes they can find. That allows the crowd to get loose and have fun. And when that happens, it's easier for the band members to do the same.

"I'm much happier screaming up and down at shows," Mills says. "I didn't know I had it in me."

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