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The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre avoid chaos at The Showbox
The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre avoid chaos at The Showbox
by Lee Arthurs - SGN A & E Writer

The Dandy Warhols w/ Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Tyde

September 8 @ The Showbox

Anyone who has seen 2004's cult rockumentary Dig!, with its unnerving glimpse into the volatile relationship between West Coast-based bands The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre, could have easily approached Friday night's sold out concert at The Showbox with speculation over what chaos might lie in waiting, as these two well-documented bands took the stage together after years of seemingly bitter rivalry.

However, the all-ages show was incident-free. There were no explosive onstage antics by the usually defiant and headstrong Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman, Anton Newcombe - unless you count the removal of a female fan from the front of the stage at Newcombe's request, for bad behavior - and no band member feuds as has plagued the band since it's inception in the early 90s, with their revolving door of over two dozen musicians thus far, though once departed guitarist Ricky Rene Maymi is back in the fold.

For some, this may have spelled disappointment, as the unpredictability is what we've come to expect from Newcombe who, dressed casually in a gray button-down shirt and jeans, stood off to the side of the stage in an effort to keep the focus on their music, a culmination of 60s psychedelia and late 80s shoegazer, effortlessly jamming through an hour and fifteen-minute set that included "God Is My Girlfriend", "Evergreen" and "Jennifer".

Though they lacked the intensity of their albums, Brian Jonestown Massacre delivered an amazing performance that truly illustrated theirs, and Newcombe's in particular, genius.

Whereas, Brian Jonestown Massacre felt somewhat disjointed, The Dandy Warhols were controlled and at the top of their game as they kicked things off with "Godless". From there, the massive crowd was treated to "Welcome To The Monkey House" and "We Used To Be Friends".

With a projection screen of fuzzy imagery serving as their backdrop, vocalist, Courtney Taylor-Taylor, wearing a tight Doors tee and black captains hat, led the group - keyboardist Zia McCabe, drummer Brent De Boer, and guitarist Peter Loew (sporting a new dark set of locks) - through "Get Off" and "You Were The Last High" before settling into the chill-out classic "I Love You".

During the latter, the band took the time to showcase their musical muscle with a jam that was lengthy but never boring. Cuts off 2005's Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars followed, but it was crowd-favorite "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth" that had everyone moving.

It was rumored that both The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre would share the stage for an encore, as they had at the previous night's performance at MusicfestNW, but it never transpired as The Dandy Warhols finished with "Country Leaver" and officially capped off the night.

Openers The Tyde (featuring members of Beachwood Sparks), with their summer-tinged, Beach Boys influenced sound, played a brief set with songs from their recent release Three's Co. While most opening acts suffer the lack of attention from the audience primarily there to see the headliner, The Tyde garnered the respect and consideration of those who had arrived early.
 

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