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I'm usually quite hesitant to recommend shows that have already sold out, but I'm quite excited for tonight's show at the Showbox with The Whigs and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. It is a really good pairing because both are garage rock bands that are smart enough to know better than trying to reinvent the wheel.
The Whigs hail from Athens, GA and are releasing their latest album, In the Dark, on a week from Tuesday. I've been enjoying the title track, especially, as of late because it descends into a glorious wall of noise and distortion in its final moments. Still, though, The Whigs are closer to The Rolling Stones or a great Southern rock band than they are to My Bloody Valentine. In the right context, their songs can be anthemic, but almost always catchy. The video above has the band treating Neil Young as their biggest muse to their song (coincidence?) "Already Young".
BRMC has been one of my favorite live rock bands to watch. Just how good the vocals from Peter Hayes and Robert Been are can be missed on first listen when they're drowned out in reverb but they really do have a great sense of harmony. Like The Whigs, they're a power trio with a new album forthcoming (Beat the Devil's Tattoo is out on Tuesday) and I'll expect they'll be playing a lot of songs from that album, but I can't wait to feel like all is right in the world when they play "Whatever Happened to my Rock and Roll?"
Fortunately, that rhetorical question will surely be answered later tonight.
A lesson on how to break up with your drummer and introduce a new party to your threesome.
Here are photographer Michael Alan Goldberg's favorite three, in his own words...
Yes, dear readers, I've been lapped! But ready to read more about these bands...
They're playing live on KEXP, so tune in RIGHT NOW if you're near a radio (or a computer).
So far, so good! I started my day off with Natalie Portman's Shaved Head (SO LOVEY I WANT TO BITE THEIR HEADS!!) and Mono in VCF, while ChrisB caught the Trucks and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
It's rerun week for late night hosts this week, so we get to relive some of our favorites of the past few months. The landscape is littered with political (albeit interesting) candidates this week, but don't fear 'cause next week we're getting a couple of really exciting musical guests.