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Tonight: The Whigs and BRMC at the Showbox

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.


Latest comment by: Marianne: "Great night at the Showbox! My review with vids/photos:"

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club trades out drummer for a sometime Raveonette

A lesson on how to break up with your drummer and introduce a new party to your threesome.


Latest comment by: Scotty: "peter's new gf? HAHAHAHAHA! "

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club — Baby 81

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club -- Baby 81
Baby 81 pretty much gives the average BRMC fan exactly what they would want and expect... and that’s it.


My favorite three Bumbershoot photos, by photographer Michael Alan Goldberg

Here are photographer Michael Alan Goldberg's favorite three, in his own words...


Latest comment by: michael alan goldberg: "aw man, thanks! you're pretty awesome geniuses yourselves."

Bumbershoot 2007: I saw Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Twice! (* but they were fully clothed)

BRMC photo by Michael Alan Goldberg

at Bumbershoot 2007

The main stage afternoon set was pretty damn good, all things considered (and they still sounded better live than they do canned through the headphones on my iPod) but a second set of the afternoon, at KEXP’s Music Lounge, was nothing short of spectacular.


Latest comment by: Rock Fan: " I was standing in line for comedy when a passer-by offered me free tickets to this "secret" show. It was indeed amazing, and a festival highlight. This kind of Bumbershoot magic is what keeps me coming back, year after year. "

Bumbershoot Day 2, three photo recap!

Yes, dear readers, I've been lapped! But ready to read more about these bands...


Latest comment by: imaginary embracey: "OK, I'm totally seeing Natalie Portman's Shaved Head next chance I get. Nice photo, Eduardo!"

I'm at the BRMC show right now...

They're playing live on KEXP, so tune in RIGHT NOW if you're near a radio (or a computer).


From the trenches at Bumbershoot, Day 2

So far, so good! I started my day off with Natalie Portman's Shaved Head (SO LOVEY I WANT TO BITE THEIR HEADS!!) while ChrisB caught the Trucks and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.


Latest comment by: julia: "that little Art Brut show FLOORED me. I was so happy. Such a great stage when I had to miss their main performance."

As Seen On TV: BRMC, PB & J, and a bunch of political guys!

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.


Latest comment by: imaginary liz: "Of course! Dave vs. *Dr.* Phil? Priceless."

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Black Angels

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club photo by Jason Grimes

at The Showbox

Twenty-two songs in and the set finally closes with Howl’s lead track “Shuffle Your Feet,” which is all I can do as I leave exhausted, but ultimately more than satisfied. Everyone gets their money’s worth out of this one.