Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Outer Minds | Logan Square Auditorium | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Black Lips, Vivian Girls, Outer Minds All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., April 22, 7 p.m. 2011

The Black Lips were bound to settle down and mellow out eventually, and not just because the inexorable passage of time tends to leach the rowdiness out of people—they were at risk of being banned from every rock club on earth, if not ending up prematurely dead. Though they're now less likely to piss in each other's mouths onstage, the Black Lips are no less exciting; when they tamed their antics, they made it that much easier to notice that they're a ridiculously good group of musicians. Most of the forthcoming Arabia Mountain (Vice), produced by Mark Ronson, remains seriously under wraps, but the songs the band has released into the wild thus far contain some of the cleverest and most memorable hooks of their career. If the woozy, MDMA-glamorizing "Modern Art" is any indication, even a relatively sedate Black Lips are more decadent than many modern acts ever get. —Miles Raymer

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