Dandy Warhols w/ Savoy Motel You’ll have to take a plane ride to Portland, Oregon if you want to visit The Dandy Warhols’s new bar in the city’s Slabtown district (they’re gonna call it Old Portland). That doesn’t mean you won’t catch frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor out and about The 600 Block when the band comes to play State Theatre, though. The outfit was famously created in response to a need to have a band that played music friends could drink together to, and their 1995 debut Dandys Rule, OK? suggests that it might not have been alcohol that exclusively fueled the gang.
The 75-minute joyride referenced the Velvet Underground (there’s a song called “Lou Weed,” people) and married Taylor-Taylor’s love of UK-pop to shoegaze and grunge to a deep-seeded appreciation of psychedelia. The Dandys’s 1996 Capitol Records debut introduced them to the rest of the world.
They’re not on Capitol anymore, and a brand new record (Distortland, released in April) finds the crew all grown up and back in tight form as they turn in a mellow, head-in-the-stars pop music lovefest that suggests even more new music could be on the way. (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO