The one and only Black Lips are taking over The Turf Club on Friday, March 6th and you definitely want to be there.
It’s country music but not as we know it which begs the question: Have these Bad Kids of 21st Century rock ’n’ roll finally grown up on their ninth studio album? Are they at peace with themselves? Have they made a record their parents could listen to? The Black Lips’ new album Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart (due out January 2020) and new single ‘Gentleman’ both continue to flick the middle finger to one and all.
This ain’t another gaggle of bearded southern sons fleeing their collective suburban upbringings and collegiate music education. There aren’t the usual clichés about drinking, honkytonks, and heartbreak. These are, after all, the same Black Lips who rescued the waning garage punk subgenre by not sounding or dressing their musical predecessors. They also dug contemporary hip-hop and punk and actualized themselves.
Like so many dramatic moments in the Black Lips career, Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart was born out of crisis. The band’s stylistic evolution through decades of prolific touring and recording took them where no garage punk band had gone before – huge venues, network television shows, and major music festivals.
Here Black Lips are at their grimiest, most dangerous and equipped with the best collection of songs since the aughts. Skidding onto the asphalt in a shower of sparks, they roll on with an unapologetic southern-fried twang, pacing the beast, every now and then dropping a psycho howl into the rubber room madness lurking underneath the truckstop fireworks. This ain’t your granny’s country album. And conversely this ain’t your mama’s Black Lips.
Kicking the night off will be Poppy Jean Crawford. Crawford grew up in Los Angeles, soaking in the city’s creative culture. Her mother is a filmmaker and music-video director and her father is an artist, and early on Crawford immersed herself in L.A.’s legendary music scene. “In high school, and I start going to DIY shows, going to The Smell and becoming interested in writing music,” she says. “Soon enough, I dropped out of school. I thought, fuck it, I know what I’m supposed to do.” Indeed, the day she left high school she played her first club gig.
She started playing shows regularly, supporting groups like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and earning a rabid fanbase among L.A.’s musical cognoscenti. Buzzbands L.A.’s Kevin Bronson wrote she was “an unexpected highlight… shredding like a 19-year old possessed and tossing shards of dark noise.” JEANJEANIE will only broaden Crawford’s army of admirers. The collection of five songs shows off all of the facets of Crawford’s talent that make her work so fascinating — and for an artist showing such promise so early in her career, it’s also a strong signifier of things still to come.
Tickets are still available HERE!
Remaining Tour Dates:
Feb. 26 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Feb. 27 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace
March 1 – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx
March 3 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
March 4 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
March 5 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
March 6 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
March 7 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
March 8 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
March 10 – St. Louis, MO – Duck Room, Blueberry Hill
March 11 – Memphis, TN – Growlers
March 12 – East Nashville, TN – The Basement East
March 13 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
March 14 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl