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Afghan Whigs NYC 5.23.12 Show Reviews

The Afghan Whigs made their triumphant return with a show on May 23rd, 2012 at Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Reviews below. NPR: Songs of Love Gone Wrong, Done Right The Afghan Whigs feel relevant now in ways that some of their peers cannot. It’s because of what they do musically, and how Dulli rides the band’s blend of R&B insinuation, hip-hop cool and hard rock invasiveness into corners of experience where few rockers of his generation have rested. Hollywood Reporter: The Afghan Whigs…

Whigs are Uptown Again: Village Voice

Village Voice offered a preview of the upcoming New York shows with an overview of the Afghan Whigs reunion and a few new quotes from Greg Dulli. “I felt connected to that person, I did. In a lot of ways, [revisiting the back catalog] was emotional anthropology,” Dulli says. “You’re going back and examining someone who used to live and breathe and feel those stories.” Read the article

Greg Dulli Looks Back – The Skinny

There’s a great interview with Greg Dulli over at The Skinny in which he reflects on all of the Afghan Whigs’ releases as well as looking forward to the upcoming tour and beyond. Greg gives more details about newly recorded cover songs and the touring party. Some choice quotes follow after the jump. Read the full article

DIY – “I’m Closing No Doors”

DIY interviews Greg Dulli How did it feel to play the old songs? When we played them in November, I had such a wonderful experience revisiting the songs. They really held up, I had no doubt that they would, but I got all the magical feelings that I was looking for. There were some songs that took me back, they’re like photographs that you see from your past, there’s some good ones and there’s some strange ones, but as far as a ‘This Is Your…

Greg Dulli Talks Reunion

“Then it turned into ‘Ah, we’ll play a few’. We’ll see. I’m imagining we’ll play more than four gigs. We’ll probably play 25-30 gigs, would be my guess. We’ve got five gigs now, and we’ll play at least another 20 gigs, I would imagine.” via The Quietus Sup Pop’s Essential 20

From’s Music Milestones Afghan Whigs – “Up In It” (1990) Like a Midwestern Houellebecq on a whiskey bender, Greg Dulli isn’t afraid to skewer his own desires while chasing skirts. While not as strong as their later efforts, “Up In It,” is an excellent portrait of a band finding their identity as chroniclers of dark desires in the relatively emasculated nineties. Dulli’s soulful, blues-influenced voice also sets the band apart from the howling masses of the time, and even to this day, the album…

Whigs Links

Two Whigs links arrived in my inbox this morning: Afghan Whigs Get Comical – Whigs references in a comic strip? Guess so. Suburban Voices – Afghan Whigs Interview from the Gentlemen era (PDF Download). Originally posted at Operation Phoenix Records. thx as always, bea!

The Cincinnati Post – Whigs release retrospective

The Cincinnati Post – Whigs release retrospective CD on Rhino By Rick Byrd The Afghan Whigs, never high-profile mainstream stars even in their hometown, are getting the prestigious Rhino Records treatment. California-based Rhino, the leading record company for reissues, compilations and heritage packages, today releases the 18-cut “Unbreakable (A Retrospective 1990- 2006) making the Whigs the first Cincinnati band to get the Rhino salute. “You can’t call it a greatest hits because we never had any,” acknowledges Greg Dulli, a Ross, Ohio, native, Whigs lead…

Don’t wait for Whigs reunion

The Enquirer Dulli helped compile greatest hits, but won’t be playing them again When you think of a band getting the retrospective treatment from Rhino Records, the California record label specializing in archival reissues, you think of long-gone or antiquated bands like Foreigner, the Doors or the Doobie Brothers. You wouldn’t think of the Afghan Whigs, Cincinnati’s greatest rock band that disbanded recently enough that many supporters hold out hope they’ll get back together. Whatever the future does or doesn’t hold for the band, the…

Afghan Rebels

City Beat: The Afghan Whigs, one of Cincinnati’s greatest musical exports, rise again with career retrospective BY Brian Baker Like anyone who was in Cincinnati in the late ’80s and aware of local music, I have profound and personal recollections of The Afghan Whigs. The first came just before the band’s 1988 self-released debut, Big Top Halloween, when Bucking Strap frontwoman Anna Scala dropped in to Wizard Records one afternoon to relate studio tales from her recent session providing background vocals for “Scream” and “Sammy.”…

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