Melvins Lite, Tweak Bird | Double Door | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Melvins Lite, Tweak Bird Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Sept. 21, 9 p.m. 2012

Everybody's pointed this out already, but the "Lite" is not truth in advertising. In this trio version of the Melvins, singer-guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover are joined by bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Tomahawk), who plays an upright, not an electric—something you've seen him do already if you've caught Endangered Blood or any of the other jazz groups he's been in. This lineup just released a new album, Freak Puke (Ipecac), and it's heavy as hell in the late-60s sense. It's got dirty riff rock, exuberant boogie, and a demented Paul McCartney cover, for starters—and it's all put in harness to serve a dense, deliciously textured psychedelic aesthetic that occasionally sounds like something I imagine a snarky postgrunge 21st-century Pink Floyd could've gotten up to if Syd Barrett had kept most of his sanity and all of his genius. It's beautiful without being the least bit mellow and trippy without lapsing into incoherence. The band is in the middle of an attempt to play 51 shows (in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.) in 51 days, and reviews of the gigs to date have been glowing; if the past is any guide, this set will also include some reshaped Melvins classics. —Monica Kendrick Tweak Bird opens. $20

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