For Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the time has come prematurely. On only their third album, they've already gone Starbucks on us, ditching the overdriven fuzz of their first two records in favor of the bluesy acoustic stomps of the new Howl. How this plays out onstage bears watching, as does Mark Gardener of shoegaze legends Ride, whose career development has taken a more natural autumnal turn as he unveils his first solo album These Beautiful Ghosts later this month. Underneath his old band's swirling sonic tapestries have always lurked seductive melodies and compelling songs, and thankfully, those will be unleashed during his solo performance. Expect acoustic versions of Ride classics like "Dreams Burn Down" and "Twisterella" amongst the promising new material.
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