By the time the Friday came along, the Hopscotch Music Festival was in full swing. One of the greatest features of the festival isn’t part of the festival at all – it’s the numerous unofficial day parties that happen throughout town. Some of them feature artists who are also playing evening sets, taking away some of the difficulty in choosing between conflicts. But they also feature many bands who come just to play the daytime shows. We spent Friday afternoon at Kings, at the party hosted jointly by Jamestown, NC-based Three Lobed Records and WXDU, Duke University’s radio station. Featuring such diverse acts as an experimental set by James Toth of Wooden Wand and guitarist Tashi Dorji, the folk-music of duo House and Land, the psychedelic noise of Philly rockers Purling Hiss, and singer-songwriter Rosali, it was a varied afternoon with lots of great music to check out. Finishing off the day was Repressed, a new electronic project by Lambchop singer Kurt Wagner and Superchuck mastermind Mac McCaughan.
In this episode Andre and Kevin sit down with Midlake’s Eric Pulido before their recent gig opening for Neil Finn at the Lincoln in DC to talk about their new album Antiphon, the beginnings of the band, their recent split with front man Tim Smith, and more. PLUS! Kevin and Adam review the Afghan Whigs first new release in sixteen years, Do To The Beast. How does it measure up to classics like Gentleman and Black Love? Listen in and find out!
After an over 10 year absence, the Afghan Whigs returned to the 9:30 Club Friday night. The group hit their peak in 1993 with Gentleman, a dark ode to bad relationships and overall degenerate behavior, and while this wasn’t new territory for the band, it was a perfect execution of everything the band was striving for musically; an effort that resulted in them being catapulted to the top of the music scene of that day. And while the albums that followed, 1986’s Black Love and 1998’s 1965 never quite managed to capture the commercial acclaim that Gentleman did (though both were critically lauded and deservedly so) one thing fans could always count on was that if you went to see the Afghan Whigs live it more often than not was a life altering experience.
And nothing has changed.
Bathed in ominous red and blue lights The Afghan Whigs stalked the crowd at 9:30 Clubs like one of the less than savory characters in their songs come to life. Frontman Greg Dulli has always had a penchant for the dramatic, tortured and sexy – in that order – and the only thing way time has done to affect his performance is to make it more lethal, more raw and more disarmingly potent. Sure, it’s not like he spent all those years in hiding – he certainly kept busy with projects like The Twilight Singers and the Gutter Twins, his collaboration with Screaming Trees vet Mark Lanegan – but those two groups were different beasts entirely. This beast snarls and snaps at the crowd, and whether one feels entertained, uncomfortable or even a little threatened is entirely up to you.