The new Afghan Whigs album, Do to the Beast, their first in 16 years, starts with a backbeat and a sharp guitar riff, before Greg Dulli’s voice comes in, howling. It’s muscular and tortured, further proof that even though the Afghan Whigs started in 1986, broke up in 2001, and occasionally reunited in various permutations since then, there’s a particular magic to an Afghan Whigs song, an alchemy of sex and drama, and Greg Dulli makes up the heart of it. Dulli’s been busy in the past ten years, working on projects like The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins, which have their own appeal but never quite get to that Afghan Whigs feeling of obsession and desperation. … Read More
I’m calling it now: April will be the biggest month of 2014 for indie rock releases. The competition was stiff, and my ears are tired. We’ve got Mac DeMarco, EMA, Cloud Nothings, the return of Afghan Whigs — and that’s just the… Read More
1. The lineup for Lollapalooza 2012 has been announced, and it’s a mixed bag of older/reunited acts like Black Sabbath, At the Drive-In, and Afghan Whigs; radio-friendly artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, the Shins, Florence + the Machine, and Jack White; and buzzed about newcomers like The Weeknd, tUnE-yArDs, and… Read More
In our humble opinion, All Tomorrow’s Parties is the best music festival in the world — the kind of event that music nuts like your Flavorpill editors spend idle moments fantasizing about. So, like the rest of America’s ATP junkies, we’ve been impatiently awaiting an initial line-up announcement ever since we heard in December that a reunited Afghan Whigs would be headlining and co-curating this year’s I’ll Be Your Mirror in Asbury Park, NJ. And now it’s here, and it’s fantastic!
The biggest news is that Ian Svenonius’ reunited late-’90s gospel-punk project The Make-Up, who are playing an ATP in London this spring, are on the bill, despite uncertainty about whether they’d play any stateside shows outside their native DC. Comedy fans, meanwhile, will be excited to hear that Louis CK — probably the biggest comedian the festival has even drawn — will perform. The rest of the line-up is just classic, awesome ATP: Mark Lanegan, Dirty Three, Scrawl, Sharon Van Etten, The Roots, Thee Oh Sees, Factory Floor, etc.
Tickets go on sale Monday (2/27) at 10 am ET, via atpfestival.com — and this year, if you buy before March 27th, you can purchase your weekend passes for only $199. (The price will climb to $249 after that.) Click through to see the full list of who’s playing, and remember, additions will be forthcoming in the months before the festival. … Read More
A few days ago, the ladies at Bust made a discovery for which we are very grateful: Courtney Love’s apparently legit YouTube channel, complete with authentically all-over-the-place commentary by the Hole frontwoman herself. Divided into such categories as “freak assed shit,” “kook girls,” “special meanings to me,” “my stuff kurt frances…,” and even “u2 and covers,” it — like her Etsy profile — serves as a suitably bizarre tour through Love’s preoccupations, from her love of Patti Smith to her hatred of Chelsea Handler. Even for those who can’t stand her, there’s a lot of fascinating, trashy-brilliant stuff in there. We’ve sifted through it and compiled the best clips we hadn’t seen before, after the jump. … Read More
With his fifth album under the Twilight Singers moniker, former Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli regroups his collective for one of his strongest, darkest efforts yet.
As always, there are notable guests on hand for Dynamite Steps, with frequent Dulli collaborators Mark Lanegan and Joseph Arthur both appearing, along with Ani DiFranco and the Verve’s Nick McCabe. Drenched in the explosive booze-and-soul-fueled rock with which Dulli is synonymous, the album also hints at the more slow-burning menace of his other project with Lanegan, the Gutter Twins. … Read More