The Afghan Whigs (Cincinnati)
Hell’s frozen over. The Cubs have won the World Series. Madonna has taken vows of silence and chastity. The Afghan Whigs have a spectacular new album. Those all seem equally unlikely if not completely impossible and yet here we are, ass deep in great reviews for the Whigs’ Do to the Beast. Frontman Greg Dulli and bassist John Curley have assembled an absolutely incendiary version of the Soul-drenched Rock band that forged a religiously loyal fan base at home before converting a fair portion of the rest of the world and then calling it a day more than a decade ago. With a renewed vigor that is almost supernatural, The Afghan Whigs have roared back to life with arguably and improbably the best album in their estimable catalog and are touring it with a show that is drawing nearly universal accolades for its shiver-inducing power and tent-revival fervor. As they did in Cincinnati from the start, as they did throughout their all-too-brief run, The Afghan Whigs will hurt you, heal you, hate you away, love you back, chastise you for your poor choices and then reward you endlessly for your loyalty. The Afghan Whigs are heaven, hell and the consequences of good love gone bad and bad love redeemed. The Afghan Whigs have returned to the holy land of their birth to take communion
with the faithful and restoreth their souls. Amen, fuckers.
YDIIYD: The Gospel/Punk band and choir in the Church of Loudass Rock & Roll. (BB)