Them Crooked Vultures, Alberta Cross | Aragon Ballroom | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Them Crooked Vultures, Alberta Cross Member Picks All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., May 18, 7 p.m. 2010

Rock supergroups sucker me in every time: there's something irresistible about a collection of lordly egos roped together into a single monstrous entity. Of course, as easy as it is to imagine that such a combination will produce something astronomically awesome, in reality most supergroups try so hard to hit those heights that they just make a confused mess—their music is like overworked Play-Doh, with all the different colors mushed together into a pile of shit brown. Them Crooked Vultures don't force things, though: on their self-titled debut for Interscope, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), and Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) let their psyched-out, bluesy sagas meander where they will. Sure, the songs sometimes take convoluted tangents (the seven-minute "Elephants" can't even begin to figure itself out), but they're definitely songs, not piles. Grohl absolutely slays on the drums, John Paul Jones is John Paul Jones (did I mention he was in Led Zeppelin?), and Homme brings his trademark QOTSA desert-rock ambience, all druggy riffs and dusty, drawling vocals. They're no Damn Yankees, but Them Crooked Vultures redeem the word supergroup. Alberta Cross opens.

Price: Sold out.


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