Less with the catchy-but-annoying 1988 hit "Cult of Personality" than with deep tracks from the same album (the brightly Afropoppy "The Glamour Boys") and subsequent ones (1990's "Pride," '93's "Bi," 2003's "A ? of When"), Living Colour perfected a brash combination of crunchy metal, agile funk, and soulfully operatic message-music that was a new wrinkle in hard rock even apart from their once-novel iconography as African American rockers. The worldly chops of guitarist Vernon Reid, muscular wail of singer Corey Glover, and Chic-worthy thwack of Will Calhoun remain an Aerosmith-sized pleasure on The Chair in the Doorway, their first album in six years after a '90s breakup and '00s reunion, with all three members (and '92-on bassist Doug Wimbish) firing on all cylinders behind "Bless Those" and "Taught Me"--to my ears, their best anthems yet. 18+. (Photo by vazzz)
Wed., Sept. 30, 9 p.m., 2009
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