I like to dream of an alternate universe where the long-running Vancouver post-punk trio Nomeansno – equally shaped by jazz, hardcore, and noise-rock – is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while Bon Jovi sits out in the cold, alone and ignored. Where Wal-Mart pipes 1989’s brilliant Wrong into its stores and no one is horrified by the strains of “Rags and Bones” or “Big Dick.” Where people line up outside enormodomes days ahead of time, dressed like founding brothers John and Rob Wright, to see Nomeansno in concert while Lady Gaga has trouble filling a broom closet. It’ll never happen, but as Jake Barnes says at the end of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” With Ford Pier, Ruby Doe. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Thu., Oct. 7, 8 p.m., 2010

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