Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, or actors trying out for the next Crow movie? We're not so sure, either.

The Jesus and Mary Chain disbanded roundabout 1999. Spacemen 3? 1991. But there's no need to mourn acerbically romantic rock of the mid-'80s and '90s--after all, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club still dishes it out. The band's self-titled debut wasn't shabby for a dinner consisting of leftovers, and 2003's Take Them On, On Your Own was also acceptable, accessible and rehashed. But last year, the mimics ventured into a new realm of roots, soul and Americana with Howl. Recent fan accounts on their Web site indicate that onstage, BRMC offer a balance between their former cloud sounds and newfound twang; they're amping up the roots, offering new songs and getting poignant while still catering to old-school die-hards. But even if they suddenly abandon the menu Wednesday, BRMC will undoubtedly please kids still clueless about their predecessors. Elefant and Morning After Girls open.

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