Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

When this trio dropped its self-titled debut 10 years ago, their throwback sludge was ahead of its time. With big, swampy guitars, bad-boy rock-star posturing, and white-noise Anglophilia, BRMC brought, as much as anything, an attitude that had been largely missing since the height of the Madchester scene. As garage rock and shoegaze revivals exploded in subsequent years, the Los Angeles band, however prescient, were nonetheless rather limited conceptually, and as they were overtaken by those who followed it was perhaps predictable that they opted to branch out and explore their folk roots. Their latest album, Beat the Devil's Tattoo, has been billed as the great convergence of all their previous work, bolstered by the addition of former Raveonettes drummer Leah Shapiro. At this point, BRMC isn't likely to bring anything new to the table; instead, tonight's show will rely on their considerable and unwavering ability to play lacerating rock 'n' roll. With Band of Skulls. 18+.
Sat., March 27, 6 p.m., 2010

 
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