Eric Burdon / Lamont Cranston Band

The Animals were one of the darkest, moodiest bands of the British Invasion. Frontman Eric Burdon growled out Animals hits like the traditional whorehouse lament "House of the Rising Sun" and defiant declarations like "We Gotta Get Out of This Place," which Springsteen said he'd essentially been rewriting for the last 40 years. Later in the '60s Burdon had more psychedelic-oriented hits like "Sky Pilot," then led the funk band War to the top of the charts with "Spill the Wine." Now 71, unbowed and in fine voice, Burdon is back with 'Til Your River Runs Dry, a very personal collection of mostly originals from a rock 'n' roll survivor reflecting deeply on religion, mortality, and war, concluding with a killer version of Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me." Hiking the potency of this double-barreled show will be the presence of Lamont Cranston, a Twin Cities institution long led by harmonica ace and singer Pat Hayes. 21+.
Fri., Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., 2013

 
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