While other '90s "alternative" bands were hating themselves and wanting to die, James were hating themselves and laughing about it, as evidenced on their bittersweet sex-jam hit "Laid." This ability to accept life's foibles continues to be a lyrical theme for the band. The Manchester group, who reunited in 2007 after a short hiatus and released Hey Mato mixed reviews the following year, just released the second of two mini-albums, The Morning After. On the lavishly textured single "Crazy," vocalist Tim Booth says, "I'm not crazy/I'm just laughing at myself." With Ed Harcourt.
Tue., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., 2010