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The Neighbourhood is not The Neighborhoods

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The terrific Boston band The Neighborhoods are suing Sony Music, claiming the corporate behemoth is infringing on their trademark by promoting a new group called the Neighbourhood. So there’s no confusion, The Neighborhoods are an under-appreciated band that released a couple of LPs in the 1980s, and continue to play out these days. (In January, we saw them tear it up at Willie “Loco” Alexander’s 70th birthday bash in Davis Square.) In the lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston, band members David Minehan, Lee Harrington, and John Lynch say they want the Neighbourhood, who hail from California, to change their name. (The band released its first CD in April and the single, “Sweater Weather,” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s alternative chart in June.) Attempts to reach Neighborhoods frontman Minehan, who owns Woolly Mammoth Studio in Waltham, were unsuccessful Friday. . . . Meanwhile, we were surprised to learn that Miley Cyrus is a big Pixies fan. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cyrus sang the praises of the Boston band. “I have one Pixies record that is a time for me — from the time I was 16 until I was 18, the Pixies is all I listened to. And I’m going to be that artist to so many people, so I want to make sure my record is the best it can be.” Um, OK.

Mark Shanahan can be reached at shanahan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MarkAShanahan. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at mgoldstein@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MeredithGoldste.

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