The Brian Jonestown Massacre are a 15-car pileup of music history: rockin' hot rodders, tripped-out hippie bugs, big bluesy Buicks, country pick-ups, and psychedelic spray-painted vans all smashed and scattered on the highway. What comes out of all that oil and glass and twisted metal is an American revivalist band whose particular pastiche is improbably fresh. The question is not who is in BJM, but who hasn't been. The band has cycled through enough members in its nearly 20-year run to fill a short bus; some of them have gone on to found kick-ass outfits like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Out Crowd, but the main man behind the wheel is founder, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Anton Newcombe. Newcombe is something of a wreck himself. The notoriously petulant performer's on- and off-stage antics (fights, drugs, walk-offs, etc.) are chronicled in the boffo documentary DIG!, which centers on the band's friendship-turned-rivalry with the Dandy Warhols. Newcombe may be volatile, but he's relentlessly innovative and prolific. His BJM conjures up a heady guitar drone in which multiple riffs and half-buried hooks alternately (almost simultaneously) overlap, melt together, and explode over the dynamic din. Would you miss this show? Not if you were the last Dandy on Earth. With Flavor Crystals. 18+.
Thu., March 26, 8 p.m., 2009