When: Tue., May 17, 9 p.m. 2011
Greg Dulli is still the reigning king of the Sad Bastards—no one doubts that. The man could give a gut-wrenchingly cathartic performance singing a page of the phone book. The only potential fault with his recent output is that it's been almost too Sad Bastardy, to the point where the only appropriate listening situation involves a very large bottle of very cheap whiskey and a darkened room—see Saturnalia, the 2008 album he and fellow gloom peddler Mark Lanegan released as the Gutter Twins. Luckily Dulli has rediscovered the right ratio of misery to flat-out hedonism with Dynamite Steps (Sub Pop), his return to the Twilight Singers project, and the results are as familiar as the sound that made all us miserable fucks—and apparently more than a few coke-addled strippers—fall for him back when the Afghan Whigs dropped Gentlemen. The album swaggers more than it sulks, starting with the disco-fied stomp of the opener, "Last Night in Town," slinking through a five-song block of Whigs-like narco-soul, and closing with the unexpectedly transcendent title track.