Pulled single-handedly from obscurity by Kurt Cobain during the heyday of the grunge era, Glaswegian band the Vaselines became famous roughly eight years after forming and two years after they broke up. They had two EPs (both of which Cobain later mined for cover songs on two of Nirvana's releases), and Dum-Dum was released in 1989. Since then they've had their entire body of work released in compilation form on two separate occasions, and in 2006 mainstays Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee performed together again for the first time in 16 years. That reunion culminated in the release of this year's Sex With An X, which feels like a grown-up version of Dum-Dum; there's more introspection and less wink-wink, nudge-nudge vulgarity in Sex With An X (despite it's title), while it loses not one ounce of the humor that has always been at the core of their songs. While it seems most bands that reform after a long hiatus are simply after the money, it's refreshing to see a band like the Vaselines get back together and still have something relevant to say. 18+.
Wed., Oct. 27, 8 p.m., 2010