THE BLACK LIPS
At 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. With Mass Plastic
The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St. $10 advance, $13 day of show
Known far and wide for raucous live shows that involve (take your pick) nudity, urination, vomiting and everything shy of chicken-sacrificing ("a go-to band for filth-rock puritans," said Pitchfork), this Atlanta group is, at its heart, a darn cool hybrid of the Rolling Stones and the Ramones. It's cultured garage-rock - slamming, punk-infused feral simplicity with high-tension slashing guitar chords and songs that are, at the end of the day, laden with memorable hooks. There's also a good dose of hazy psychedelia snuck in the back door. And, but of course, nasty attitudes.
Reportedly, the Black Lips' (alcohol-fueled) onstage frenzies of outrage have toned themselves down a bit in recent years (due, no doubt, to the band's reputation attracting more attention than its music - they've been banned from a decent percentage of American nightclubs). Whatever, whatever - but this show is likely to sell out, if it hasn't already by the time you're reading this. See black-lips.com.
SOL DRIVEN TRAIN
At 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19
Live Wire Music Hall, 307 W. River St. $8
One of the most honest live bands around - there's no electronics, no synths or loops, just five guys playing and singing - Sol Driven Train plays an adventuresome combination of Americana, reggae-tinged rock and world beat with a kind of swampy R&B funkiness. The long-lived Charleston quintet has an organic and joyful feel - and vocalist Russell Clarke also plays the saxophone, forming a when-it's-called for horn section with singer/guitarist Ward Buckheister, who blows the long ‘bone.How can that not be cool?
Comparisons to vintage Grateful Dead are inevitable - at times, that is - because of SDT's use of multiple lead singers, emphasis on slinky guitar lines, and somewhat schizophrenic approach to musical genres. The buck ends there, though - there's nothing languid or lazy about this band, the songs are lyrically strong and the eclecticism is a good thing. A really, really good thing. See soldriventrain.com
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