by Kyle Fleck
on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:01 PM
DEVO REVISITS THE 'EXPERIMENTAL YEARS'
(Neptune) This winter, Devo (and the world) suffered the loss of guitarist Bob Casale, who laid his spiky patternwork across all of Devo's beloved records and passed away from complications from heart failure in February. To honor their lost brother, Devo is heading out on an 11-city tour dedicated to Casale's memory and with a portion of the proceeds going to Casale's family. Spicing things up considerably is this line from the band's website: "During each performance, Devo will revisit music from their early, experimental years between 1974-1977." (To help you make sense of what they mean by "early," Devo's official debut album came out in 1978.) DAVID SCHMADER See event info »
KING KHAN'S IRREPRESSIBLE GARAGE ROCK
(Neumos) Yes, it is true that the sound on last year’s Idle No More—Khan and the Shrines’ latest long-player—has tempered some since the venerable multinational garage-soul group’s earlier work. It happens. We age, and those fires that compel us through our younger years cede to a slow burn. None of that, however, matters. For the purposes of this preview, the only thing that matters is that a King Khan and the Shrines show is a glee-fueled mosh/dance upsurge of elation and triumph. It’s a god damned blast. Last time I witnessed, my prescription glasses were trampled by the crowd, brand-new shoes coated in showroom-floor filth, face contused, and voice lost. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and it felt like shotgunning cans filled by the fountain of youth. GRANT BRISSEY See event info »