Photo by Mary Boukouvalas


Meat Puppets

May 4
7 p.m.
Alternative, Classic Rock, Rock

Curt and Cris Kirkwood were always weirder than their ’80s peers. As fleet as hardcore’s speed demons and as rootsy as the bands then laying the groundwork for alt-country, these Arizonan brothers pursued their own psychedelic visions, narrated in Curt’s tuneful warble and decorated with his tricky guitar parts. After superfan Kurt Cobain enlisted the Kirkwoods to help him perform a few of their songs for Nirvana’s Unplugged set, they signed to a major label and scored the modern-rock hit “Backwater.” A couple breakups followed, but the Kirkwoods have been back together for a decade now, and they’ve released four albums since then, none of which exactly expands on their legacy, but none of which sully it either. Onetime label mate and all-around underground rock hero Mike Watt opens.