We’re psyched to catch cinematic Cincinnati rockers The Afghan Whigs this week at NonCOMM (they play tomorrow night at 9, catch it on the air at 88.5 FM or XPN.org). But we’re equally psyched to hear that the band’s tour will bring it back through Philadelphia this fall for a headlining show at Union Transfer on October 3rd.
This year The Afghan Whigs released their first album in sixteen years, and it’s a knockout – Do to the Beast is ten tracks of aggression, emotion and intensity at a level we haven’t heard from these guys since 1996′s Black Love. After their smooth, soulful and sexy LP 1965 dropped in 1998, the Whigs took a long break, allowing frontman Greg Dulli to pursue solo projects with The Twilight Singers, The Gutter Twins (featuring Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees) and under his own name. Though some of the music of this period found the songwriter exploring thrilling new territories, results overall were a bit on the mixed side, whereas on Beast, not a moment falters. The album isn’t just a return to form for the band, it’s also a return to Sub Pop Records, which released the Whigs LPs Up In It (1990) and Congregation (1992). Hopefully we’ll hear music from all of these releases – as well as 1993′s landmark outing Gentlemen – in October, as well as some of the band’s trademark cover songs.
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Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at Noon via the venue’s website. Below, watch the video for “Algiers” from Do the Beast.