There are some bands that you understand why people like them from the moment you hear them. Then there are those bands that your friends keep raving about, and you just stand there saying, “Why do you like these guys?” over and over again.
They’ll usually tell you that “you kind of have to see them live to get it.”
Most of the time, that’s a lie. The band just isn’t very good and your friend is delusional. Occasionally, though, they’re right. Here are a few bands that really make more sense after you’ve seen them live.
We’ve got our finalists from every region! Our friend and “that guy” Gunnarolla takes us through each finalist’s song. Watch for some awesome new music from across our great nation.
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The Afghan Whigs signed to legendary Seattle indie label Sub Pop in 1989, and helped build the “Seattle sound” that defined the era. They were quickly signed to a major label (from which they later painfully extracted themselves). From the 1994 Reading Festival to an appearance on cult hit My So-Called Life the same year, the band was directly in the cross hairs of the pop culture spectrum in the mid-’90s.
The band has done some weird, interesting things, a lot of those things influenced by their love for the soul, psychedelic and, later, hip-hop genres. For instance, playing a show with Usher (?) in 2013 and appearing in the 1996 film Beautiful Girls playing a rock-infused cover of Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love.”
The Afghan Whigs are back now, back on Sub Pop and back with an album, Do to the Beast, that is dark, moody, foreboding, hinting at a loneliness and reminiscent of a time when music was a bit more straightforward. The album is a testament to a well timed re-entry into the music industry. Preview the entire thing in advance, here.